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Man Utd are ‘STILL an option for Gareth Bale’ despite Spurs closing in on deal for Real Madrid star

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Manchester United are still very much in the picture to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

Developments on Tuesday pointed to Bale returning to Tottenham after chairman Daniel Levy had held positive talks with the LaLiga champions about a loan deal which would see Madrid pay in-excess of 50 per cent of the Wales international’s astronomical wages of up to £500,000-per-week.

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett intensified speculation of a reunion by telling BBC Wales that ‘Gareth still loves Spurs… It’s where he wants to be.’

Real Madrid believe that Manchester United are still an option to sell Gareth Bale to

Real Madrid believe that Manchester United are still an option to sell Gareth Bale to

The Wales star is understood to be closing in on a return to Tottenham after breakthrough talks

The Wales star is understood to be closing in on a return to Tottenham after breakthrough talks

However, a Madrid official has told AS that United are still seen as viable suitors for Bale despite seemingly losing ground on Tottenham in the race for his signature.

United retain an interest in Bale, who was identified as a target after they failed to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.

But United will need to strike while the iron is hot with Spurs already in progressive talks with Madrid and confident of concluding a deal.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was at the forefront of negotiations for Bale on Tuesday

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was at the forefront of negotiations for Bale on Tuesday

Bale's agent said the forward still loves Spurs, where he spent six years before leaving for Real

Bale’s agent said the forward still loves Spurs, where he spent six years before leaving for Real

Sportsmail understands Tottenham have explored a loan or a permanent deal, which could include a swap for one of the club’s premium first-team players, for Bale. 

Sources even claimed that Spurs are even prepared to use Dele Alli as a makeweight in the deal for Bale, such was their determination to clinch a return for the 31-year-old.

Levy, who was also trying to close a deal for Real’s £25million-rated left-back Sergio Reguilon, was at the forefront of Tottenham’s negotiations on Tuesday.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Bale as an option and Man United remain in the frame to sign him

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Bale as an option and Man United remain in the frame to sign him

Similarly, United have an interest in the Spain international, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla but are set to be pipped by Spurs.

It is understood that Reguilon was originally attracted by a move to Old Trafford but the 23-year-old has been made aware of how desperate manager Jose Mourinho is to work with him, which has made a move to Spurs a very strong possibility.

Real are understood to want a buy-back clause in any departure for Reguilon, and Spurs are said to be more open to agreeing to that stipulation than United.

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Real Madrid fans angry at club’s decision to sell left back Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham

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Real Madrid fans have shared their anger at the club’s decision to sell left back Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham.

A poll conducted by Spanish outlet Marca showed that 70 per cent of supporters are against the move with 65 per cent of fans believing he should have stayed at the expense of Marcelo.

Reguilon has arrived in north London alongside Gareth Bale and both players are expected to finalise moves later today. 

A poll has shown that 70 per cent of Real Madrid fans are angry at the sale of Sergio Reguilon

A poll has shown that 70 per cent of Real Madrid fans are angry at the sale of Sergio Reguilon

A poll has shown that 70 per cent of Real Madrid fans are angry at the sale of Sergio Reguilon

The study by Marca showed 65 per cent of fans were in favour of Marcelo leaving instead

The study by Marca showed 65 per cent of fans were in favour of Marcelo leaving instead

The study by Marca showed 65 per cent of fans were in favour of Marcelo leaving instead

Reguilon spent last season on loan at Sevilla with Marcelo and Ferland Mendy keeping him out of Zinedine Zidane’s squad. 

The 23-year-old impressed and has been the subject of interest from several clubs this summer but looks set to seal a £27million move to Spurs.  

Fans are disappointed that the defender, who was tipped for big things after working his way up through the academy, is set to depart after a good spell with Sevilla. 

Reguilon made 38 appearances for Sevilla last season, helping the club win the Europa League and finish fourth in LaLiga.

The left back is on the verge of joining Tottenham after spending last season on loan at Sevilla

The left back is on the verge of joining Tottenham after spending last season on loan at Sevilla

The left back is on the verge of joining Tottenham after spending last season on loan at Sevilla

He enjoyed more playing time under previous Real managers Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari but Zidane’s arrival saw him fall down the pecking order after the arrival of Mendy last summer.  

The left back is set to finalise his move to the Premier League with team-mate Bale, who is returning to Spurs after leaving the club seven years ago.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday that Bale has agreed a season-long loan deal to return to north London and the Welshman has been spotted arriving at Tottenham’s training ground, with Reguilon also pictured.

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Manchester United ‘irritated by social media frenzy surrounding transfers’

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Manchester United‘s hierarchy have become frustrated with growing concerns on social media about the club’s lack of transfer activity, with calls for new signings believed to be causing negativity, ESPN report. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been involved in a prolonged saga to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, yet have not made headway in securing a deal for the England international. 

And this week the Red Devils have seen Real Madrid duo Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon snatched away from them, with Tottenham set to announce the pair.

Manchester United are reportedly frustrated by online negativity about transfer activity

Manchester United are reportedly frustrated by online negativity about transfer activity

Manchester United are reportedly frustrated by online negativity about transfer activity

The Red Devils have been involved in a prolonged transfer saga for Jadon Sancho

The Red Devils have been involved in a prolonged transfer saga for Jadon Sancho

The Red Devils have been involved in a prolonged transfer saga for Jadon Sancho

Despite signing Donny van de Beek earlier in the window, fans are clamouring for more additions to the squad, and according to the ESPN, the club are concerned about the social media frenzy. 

According to the report, United chiefs say that they were not close to agreeing a deal for Bale nor Reguilon, and are surprised about posts on social media claiming they ‘missed out’ on the duo. 

United were reportedly hesitant to sign the Spanish full-back due to Madrid’s demand for a buy-back clause to be inserted in the agreement. 

United have also reportedly missed out on Gareth Bale (left) and Sergio Reguilon (right)

United have also reportedly missed out on Gareth Bale (left) and Sergio Reguilon (right)

United have also reportedly missed out on Gareth Bale (left) and Sergio Reguilon (right)

Ed Woodward has come under fire and the club are concerned posts will impact the team

Ed Woodward has come under fire and the club are concerned posts will impact the team

Ed Woodward has come under fire and the club are concerned posts will impact the team

And United chiefs believe that the whirlwind of negative social media feedback from fans could have a drastic impact on the team, who are set to face Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener this weekend. 

Social media has become an important platform for clubs to garner fan opinion on new signings, and clubs monitor fan feedback when different players are linked. 

United had previously boasted that Odion Ighalo, who was signed on loan in January, was trending worldwide following his arrival at Old Trafford. 

Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman, has come under scrutiny throughout his tenure at United. A plane carrying a banner reading ‘Ed Woodward – specialist in failure’ was flown over the ground in 2018 while his home was attacked by fans in January.  

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Fans fume at Tottenham and Liverpool spending months after trying to use furlough

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Deals for Gareth Bale to go to Tottenham and Thiago Alcantara to go to Liverpool saw rival fans lead criticism against the clubs, months after they attempted to use the government’s furlough scheme.

Both clubs eventually reversed their decision to use the furlough scheme following a public backlash.

Tottenham, who saw Bale and Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon arrive at the training ground on Friday ahead of sealing a £40million double swoop, announced on March 31 that 550 staff members would take a 20 per cent pay cut in an attempt ‘to protect jobs’. 

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground ahead of sealing his loan return

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground ahead of sealing his loan return

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham’s training ground ahead of sealing his loan return

Thiago Alcantara said goodbye to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a switch to Liverpool

Thiago Alcantara said goodbye to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a switch to Liverpool

Thiago Alcantara said goodbye to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a switch to Liverpool

Rival fans described the spending as 'disgusting' as both clubs attempted to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff earlier in the year due to Covid-19

Rival fans described the spending as 'disgusting' as both clubs attempted to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff earlier in the year due to Covid-19

Rival fans described the spending as ‘disgusting’ as both clubs attempted to use the government’s furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff earlier in the year due to Covid-19

Now both are spending on players, one user described the situation as 'shameless hypocrisy'

Now both are spending on players, one user described the situation as 'shameless hypocrisy'

Now both are spending on players, one user described the situation as ‘shameless hypocrisy’

One fan said it 'makes me laugh' to see both clubs shift their approach in a matter of months

One fan said it 'makes me laugh' to see both clubs shift their approach in a matter of months

One fan said it ‘makes me laugh’ to see both clubs shift their approach in a matter of months

After the swoop for Bale and Reguilon edged closer on Friday when they landed at Luton airport on chairman Daniel Levy’s private jet, rival fans were furious at the hypocrisy shown by the north London side. 

One user wrote: ‘April 2020: Spurs reversed their decision to use government’s furlough scheme.

‘June 2020: Spurs borrowed £175m from the UK government to help cope with the financial impact of cov19. Sep 2020: Spurs spend £80m on transfers and agreed to pay Gareth Bale £500k per week.’

While Spurs are not believed to be covering all of Bale’s wages at Real Madrid, their outlay is significant and does smash their current wage structure. 

Another irate fan described the conduct of the two Premier League giants as 'disgraceful'

Another irate fan described the conduct of the two Premier League giants as 'disgraceful'

Another irate fan described the conduct of the two Premier League giants as ‘disgraceful’

A timeline from April 2020 to September 2020 showed the shift in Tottenham's spending

A timeline from April 2020 to September 2020 showed the shift in Tottenham's spending

A timeline from April 2020 to September 2020 showed the shift in Tottenham’s spending

Another irritated football fan commented: ‘So Spurs are thought to be paying AT LEAST half of Bale’s £500k wages for the next year.

‘Yet rewind a few months and they were crying poverty and trying to furlough club staff. Disgusting.’ 

Criticism was not just limited to Tottenham, with Liverpool also in the eye of the storm on Friday after it emerged Thiago had arrived at the club’s training ground to finalise his move from Germany. 

Liverpool planned to submit a request to use the furlough scheme but after criticism from supporters and former players, including Jamie Carragher, the Premier League champions reversed the decision.  

Liverpool were also criticised as they prepared to announce the signing of Thiago on Friday

Liverpool were also criticised as they prepared to announce the signing of Thiago on Friday

Liverpool were also criticised as they prepared to announce the signing of Thiago on Friday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was picked apart for his comments criticising Chelsea's spending

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was picked apart for his comments criticising Chelsea's spending

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was picked apart for his comments criticising Chelsea’s spending

One user wrote: ‘Jurgen Klopp badmouthing Chelsea’s spending then putting pressure on Liverpool to spend £27m on Thiago despite the club *having* to furlough staff over lockdown is disgraceful.’ 

Liverpool made a profit of £42m in 2019 and are the world’s seventh-richest football club – making their decision to furlough initially perplexing. 

‘Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara after attempting to furlough their staff?’ an Arsenal fan wrote. 

‘Biggest club in England.’ 

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