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Spain midfielder is out of favour at Old Trafford and Diego Simeone could offer a way out

Transfer news: Gareth Bale absence from Tottenham training set to be explained by Andre Villas-Boas

The Wales international is expected to join Real Madrid imminently

Barcelona celebrate Adriano's goal

La Liga review: Adriano scores wonder-strike as Barcelona sneak 1-0 win over Malaga

Two wins out of two for the champions

Gareth Bale was in the stands for the International Friendly match against Ireland on Wednesday

Transfer news: Real Madrid eager to complete Gareth Bale deal over the weekend with Tottenham set to sell for a record £93m

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has played hardball over the transfer terms and could delay the move further after Chelsea's attempt to steal Bale's replacement Willian

It is understood that Luis Suarez has not been asked to say sorry

Transfer news: It's 'too late' for Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool, says Brendan Rodgers

Reds' manager says any sale now wouldn't give the club enough time to replace the striker after reports emerge the Spaniards still want to sign the Uruguayan

Wales midfielder Gareth Bale will not play against Ireland

Transfer news: Glenn Hoddle questions whether Real Madrid can afford world record bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale

The Wales international is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer

Gareth Barry looks to be on his way out of Manchester City with Everton keen to strike a loan-deal for the midfielder

Transfer news: Everton may offer Gareth Barry way out of Manchester City but £100,000-a-week wages could hinder a loan-deal

Midfielder has been frozen out at the Etihad after Manuel Pellegrini told the England international he is free to leave

Willian (right) only joined Anzhi Makhachkala in January

Transfer news: Willian arrival at Tottenham shows willingness to see Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid

Tottenham ready for improved bid from Real with Brazilian lined up as direct replacement

Cesc Fabregas made three assists in Barcelona's 7-0 win over Levante

Transfer news: Starring role for Barcelona sees Cesc Fabregas put further dent in Manchester United interest

United had hoped any absence from the first team would change his desire to stay at the Nou Camp but midfielder played all 90 minutes in Gerado Martino's 7-0 competitive debut as Barcelona manager

Stuck in the middle: Gareth Bale has become embroiled in a game of brinkmanship between Tottenham and his suitors Real Madrid

Spurs plan to move to 'next level' without Gareth Bale

That's the reason for £58m transfer spree, says defender Michael Dawson

Martin Demichelis in pre-season action for Atletico Madrid

Transfer news: Manchester City to turn attentions to Atletico Madird centre-back Martin Demichelis after missing out on Pepe

The Argentinian was part of Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga side last season and could leave Los Rojiblancos without playing a competitive game for the club

Willian could be the subject of a move to either Liverpool of Tottenham

Transfer news: Liverpool turn attention to Anzhi star Willian after Diego Costa rejects Anfield switch

Costa has agreed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid forcing the Reds to switch targets amid speculation they could make a £35m bid for Brazilian playmaker

Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham's training ground earlier this week

Transfer news: Gareth Bale talks over Real Madrid move still on despite alarm at the fee Tottenham are demanding

Real president Florentino Perez questioned whether Bale was worth £86m but sources close to Bale insist talks remain on-going

Gareth Bale pictured arriving at Tottenham's training ground

Transfer news: Real Madrid surprised by scale of fee Tottenham are demanding for Gareth Bale

Real's president Florentino Perez says 100m euros seems 'a lot of money'

Luis Suarez at Anfield

Transfer news: Luis Suarez hopes for 'friendly' resolution despite showing a 'total disrespect' to Liverpool

Striker wants to reach an agreement with the Reds but reiterates his desire to leave the club

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Chelsea in the final of the International Champions Cup in Miami

Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3 match report: 'Fake' Ronaldo leaves Jose Mourinho with bitter taste

A Cristiano Ronaldo double sinks the Blues in Miami following Mourinho's comments that the Portuguese star is second to the Brazilian striker of the same name

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