WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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31/05/2013 08:16

Papers: Bale is off-limits

Tony Banks writes in The Express...

Bale off-limits to United, City and Chelsea
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not sell £60 million superstar Gareth Bale to another Premier League club. Real Madrid are intent on taking Bale, 23, to the Bernabeu as their marquee signing for incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti. But any interest from Manchester United or City – or even Chelsea manager-elect Jose Mourinho – will be given the cold shoulder. Levy has vowed never again to sell a star player to one of Spurs’ Premier League rivals after the backlash following the transfer of striker Dimitar Berbatov to United for £30m in 2008. A White Hart Lane source told the Daily Express: “Daniel has made it clear ever since the Berbatov deal that he will never again sell a major asset to another English club. After that deal the feeling was, ‘What is the point – why bother bringing these players on if we are just going to sell them?’” Madrid transfer go-between Zinedine Zidane is expected in London over the next few days in an attempt to sign Bale.

In more transfer speculation, John Cross of The Mirror claims Cesc Fabregas will meet with Barcelona’s powerbrokers to discuss his future next week after the Spanish midfielder was linked with a return to England, either with United or former club Arsenal.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star states that Galatasaray have joined the race to sign Reds winger Nani, who is allegedly “unsettled” at Old Trafford and is also linked with a move to Juventus. Journalist Jeremy Cross also states the Italian club have made an enquiry for Javier Hernandez.

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