Pep keen on Bayern Bale from Spurs

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Gareth Bale individual celeb Tottenham v LyonPA PhotosGareth Bale is highly sought after throughout Europe

Pep Guardiola has already lined up his first major coup as he prepares to take the reins of Bayern Munich next season. The former Barcelona boss is set to unleash a £50 million bid for Tottenham's Gareth Bale, the Daily Mail reports. It is claimed Guardiola will be given a total transfer budget of over £100 million this summer, and Bale is his top priority. The in-form Spurs winger has long been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, but the opportunity to work under Guardiola may see him switch to the Bundesliga instead.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are looking to shore up the other end of the pitch, as they plot a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz. Barca boss Tito Vilanova has targeted Luiz, and the Daily Express states that a deal in the region of £21 million could be in the offing. Chelsea may be reluctant to part with Luiz, but such a hefty transfer fee could see them persuaded in the summer.

Speculation over Chelsea's managerial position continues to rumble on, with the Daily Mirror claiming Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini and Juventus manager Antonio Conte have moved ahead of Jose Mourinho as Rafa Benitez's preferred successor. Benitez has been hired on an interim basis only, and it is understood that club owner Roman Abramovich is keen to see a new face in the role, particularly one with recent European experience.

A showdown is shaping up in north London, with Spurs joining Arsenal in the race to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian has banged in 15 goals this campaign, making him one of the hottest strikers in England. Widespread reports in the English press on Saturday reveal his fine form is set to spark a bidding war between Spurs and the Gunners this summer, while Chelsea and Manchester City monitor the situation.

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