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Bale holds the key for United
United are hoping Gareth Bale can rescue their bid to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo. United are convinced a successful £85million Real Madrid swoop for the Spurs hero will open the door for Ronaldo to return. Real president Florentino Perez claims Ron will pen a new deal but the Portuguese superstar has yet to make his mind up on his future. Perez has already hinted Real are ready to make a world record bid for Bale. He would be the perfect replacement for Ronaldo and United are confident that - despite interest from Paris St Germain - Ronaldo will only sign for them if he leaves Spain. United will offer Real £65m - plus a player like Nani or Javier Hernandez - if they get the green light from Ronaldo. Perez has smashed the transfer record four times to get Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka and Ronaldo and Bale could be next. He said: “For those players and investments that generate income, you can give everything in life. But we don’t speak of Bale so much because he plays at a friendly club and they will be annoyed.”
In more speculation, The Mirror believes United are closing in on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, who will reportedly cost £17million. And speaking of money, the Daily Star claims the Reds may have to pay Bayern Munich to end their interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. The German giants are believed to already have an agreement in place for the Polish star.
Meanwhile, the same paper says Nani will decide his future this week – but the tabloid expects the Portuguese winger to quit Old Trafford. It was reported on Wednesday that a £7million bid from Galatasaray was turned down by the Reds.