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Gareth Bale close to a China deal; Dybala-Lukaku swap deal on the cards at Old Trafford

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With the transfer window looming just a few days away from now, the Gareth Bale saga at Real Madrid is reportedly nearing a closure with money playing a big role. Bale it seems is on the brink of an eye-popping £1million-a-week three-year contract with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning with only a few details to be finalized. The announcement could come anytime this weekend. Earlier Bale had made his preference known for European clubs, Paris Saint Germain being one of the destinations hinted. But the monetary lure of the Chinese offer may just be too lucrative for him to pass by. 

With Bale probably out of the way soon at the Bernabeu, Real boss Zinedine Zidane could train his guns on Paul Pogba with whom the French legend shares a good rapport. The Los Blancos management are upbeat on signing the 26-year old mid-fielder from Manchester United this summer. Pogba has made no secret of his willingness to play under Zidane, a man he has idolised from his childhood days.

Meanwhile a swap deal looks to be on the cards with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and United striker Romelu Lukaku going either ways. Lukaku had been strongly linked to a move to Serie A club, Inter Milan, but the £54 million offer by the Italian club for the Belgian striker was instantly rejected by the management at Old Trafford. 

Dybala who was one of Juventus’s key players in the 2017-18 season, netting 22 goals from his 33 outings, found his role as the prime striker severely curtailed with the advent of Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin. The 25-year old Argentine managed just 5 goals from his 30 appearances in 2018-19 but could potentially be a perfect foil with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at United. At a certain point of time, United looked to be upstaged by Tottenham Hotspur in a bid for the Argentine but a surprisingly low offer of £45 million by the North London was promptly and quite understandably rejected by the Juventus top brass.

Arsenal have closed in a loan-deal for Real Madrid central midfielder Dani Ceballos but have asked the Spanish giants not to include a clause that would allow Arsenal to buy the player after the season-long loan. For the one-year deal, Arsenal have splurged £15 million which would cover Ceballos’s wages and a loan fee to Real. The 22-year old former Real Betis star put his ink to paper on the assurance from Gunners boss Unai Emery that he will be played regularly. The young Spaniard wants to boost his Euro 2020 chances and eventually intends returning to Madrid where he feels he has a long-term future.

While Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bolster up key positions especially after their mediocre performance in the Premier League where they finished an unsatisfactory fourth, the North London club have been rather parsimonious when it comes to spending. Leave aside the measly £45 million offered for a player of Dybala’s calibre, the only acquisition they have to show this far is 22-year old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on whom the Lilywhites astonishingly splurged £55million in signing him over from Lyon.

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