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Manchester United could miss out on Gareth Bale

It’s on and off again.

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Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final
Gareth Bale
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Here’s a link to Juan Mata’s Manchester accent which has GONE VIRAL and BROKEN THE INTERNET and has GIVEN PEOPLE LIFE. It’s a lot better than any of my regional Spanish twangs, and I am grateful for the fact that it exists, so it can be used up here to fill some of the word count. Brent works us incredibly hard here, so anything to escape the punishment is appreciated.

While being listed on the NYSE with a small free flotation in terms of the overall stock holding, here’s a story that should given pause to those unconcerned by the Glazer ownership. The concentrated ownership, and the rows between the owners that have been speculated, could one day cause a huge problem. Roman Abramovich’s actions at Chelsea, where he has withdrawn from a plan to reinvigorate Chelsea’s ground, could stall the club in way that a local, committed owner, or fan ownership, might not have resulted in.

United might have problems signing Gareth Bale after the exit of Zinedine Zidane. The confusion means that it might take time to organise the transfer. Honestly, given Wales aren’t going to the World Cup and Florentino Perez is the guy largely in charge of transfers, if United really want to kick the transfer through, they could get it done in a week or two.

There’s a further complication, with this story that Real Madrid are set to offer Bale a new contract. None of this makes any sense. Bale, and probably Cristiano Ronaldo, have run their course in Spain and it is clear that something has to change with their side.

And lastly, The Independent looks at how United could line up if they get their five-man wishlist, including Diogo Dalot, Bale, and midfielder Fred. It can’t be as dull as it was last season, can it?