Paul Scholes would love to see Real Madrid star Gareth Bale in a Man United shirt next term

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Paul Scholes (c) on a golf day with Rory McIlroy (l) and Teddy Sheringham (r).

Paul Scholes would love to see Gareth Bale in a Manchester United shirt next season but feels a potential transfer is unrealistic.

Bale ended a frustrating season at Real Madrid on a high with the match-winning goals in Saturday’s 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.

The Wales forward, whose double after he came on as a substitute included an audacious overhead kick, hinted after the game that he may be willing to leave Madrid as he needs to be starting games regularly.

United great Scholes believes every fan at Old Trafford would be excited by the prospect of Bale’s arrival, although he concedes a deal is unlikely.

“Can I see it happening? No, not really,” said Scholes, speaking at an official UEFA Champions League Final viewing party at London’s Sky Garden.

“The only reason he’d want to leave Real Madrid would be if they wanted him to go.

“Could he come to Man United then? I hope so.

“Every United fan would want him: great ability, great talent, scores great goals.

“If it’s possible then, yeah, great, I hope it happens. But I don’t see it happening.”

Bale, who cost Real around £85 million to sign from Tottenham in 2013, is reported to have been on United’s radar for a number of years.

The 28-year-old was on the bench in Kiev having become a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu this season, but he quickly underlined his value to Zinedine Zidane’s side with a superb cameo.

Success for the La Liga club meant they earned the title of European champions for a third- successive year and record-extending 13th overall.

UEFA celebrated the global reach of the Champions League Final by hosting three official viewing parties in London, Rio and Shanghai. For further information: @championsleague #UCLParty

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Diego Godin celebrates Europa League success in Lyon.

The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

DIEGO GODIN

Juventus are lining up a sensational summer swoop for the Atletico Madrid icon, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercatoweb.

The Old Lady have reportedly made contact with the Uruguayan’s representatives, but the Europa League champions would be reluctant to allow the inspirational centre-back to leave the Spanish capital.

Worringly for Atleti fans though, the 32-year-old has just one year left on his existing deal at Wanda Metropolitano and has yet to enter talks over a new contract.

Godin would leave the Red and Whites with a heavy heart, but Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is keen to replenish and strengthen his double-winning squad this summer,

Defensive lynchpin: Diego Godin.

GERARD DEULOFEU

Watford are thought to be keen to clinch a permanent deal for the on-loan Barcelona wide man, Sport English reports.

The 24-year-old, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Vicarage Road having been deemed surplus to requirements with Blaugrana, is poised to meet with Hornets owner Gino Pozzo to finalise the deal later this week.

The Premier League side are reportedly willing to shell out £20 million (Dh98m) for his signature, bringing to an end an unhappy second stint at Camp Nou for Deulofeu.

Despite only featuring on seven occasions for Watford, he is thought to be a major part of summer revamp plans under boss Javi Gracia.

Gerard Deulofeu hasn't made an impact at Watford.

Loan spell to turn permanent: Gerard Deulofeu.

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Emil Forsberg headlines our Rumour Mill as Arsenal and Atletico Madrid battle for Sweden star

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

EMIL FORSBERG

Arsenal are hoping to seal a deal for the in-demand RB Leipzig winger, but will have to first fend off interest from Atletico Madrid.

According to Calciomercato, new boss Unai Emery wants the £50 million-rated (Dh244m) star to provide competition for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners’ pursuit of the 26-year-old, who is set to star in this summer’s World Cup for Sweden, will not be straight forward though.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico are also keen admirers of the attacker and can offer him Champions League football next term, as can Juventus, the other club who have been linked with his services.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - APRIL 21: Emil Forsberg of Leipzig looks on during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Red Bull Arena on April 21, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bundesliga star: Forsberg.

MARIO BALOTELLI

The Nice forward, who is out of contract next month, is apparently close to moving to Parma.

According to Corriere della Sera, the former Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool star is set to return to Serie A following two successful seasons with the French Riviera outfit.

Balotelli and Nice have failed to agree new contractual terms, meaning the 27-year-old is available on a free this summer.

Parma are back in the Italian top flight next season, just three years after the Crusaders were declared bankrupt.

Balotelli netted 26 goals this past season.

YAYA YOURE

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini could make the Manchester City legend his first summer signing, according to The Daily Star.

The Ivory Coast midfielder, who will leave the Etihad Stadium next month and is available on a free transfer, was a key part of the Chilean’s 2013/14 Premier League title-winning Sky Blues side.

Toure has made no secret of his desire to continue plying his trade in the top-flight of English football, and is reportedly willing to lower his wage demands in order to make that happen.

Pellegrini faces a huge rebuilding job at the east London club over the coming months following an underwhelming campaign where fan unrest dominated the headlines.

Yaya Toure

Toure on the pitch following title success this past season.

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