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Real Madrid Open Talks With Man Utd Over Bale

Real Madrid are open to negotiating with Manchester United for Gareth Bale, 27, this summer, with the La Liga champions keen on replacing the forward with Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, 18, or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, 26.

Similarly, Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on bringing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 24, to Manchester United, which could pave the way for goalkeeper David de Gea to move the other way.

The Daily Mirror claims the Manchester United boss will be in attendance on Saturday night for the Champions League final, where he will personally run the rule over the France defender.

Real rate the defender in the £50million bracket and have no desire to sell the centre-half – but could be swayed into a deal if it helps them land goalkeeper De Gea.

Reports this week suggested Real had made a bid for the Spanish keeper this week – a claim that was denied by Manchester United – though the Daily Telegraph on Saturday says they will make a formal approach after the Champions League final has been concluded.

And with Mourinho desperate to strengthen his defence, the clubs could reach an agreement that will see Varane move to Old Trafford, with a separate deal sanctioning the sale of De Gea.

Mourinho is a long-standing admirer of Varane, who he signed from Lens during his time in charge at the Bernabeu.

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