Madrid circle on Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid's intent on luring Gareth Bale away from the Premier League is gathering strength with the club's director of football, Zinedine Zidane, an interested spectator as Tottenham progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League this week in France.

Bale's performances this season has seen the 23-year-old linked with some of Europe's heavyweights, including Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but the Daily Mail claims it is Madrid who are looking more likely to make a firm bid for the Wales international.

And Bale's £55 million valuation may be a mere formality should current Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo - who is still to sign a new contract - leave the Bernabeu.

Talking of contract upheaval, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's recent rant at the media surrounding his future at the club has started rumours that the long-term coach may soon be on his way out of the Emirates.

The Daily Mail is reporting the Frenchman could make a return to his homeland with Paris Saint-Germain lining up Wenger as a replacement for current manager, Carlo Ancelotti.

And the Paris club are bringing out the big guns to secure the 63-year-old's signature, with former French president Nicola Sarkozy acting as a facilitator between PSG and Wenger.

Meanwhile, David Beckham, and perhaps Wenger, may not be the only ties linking the Premier League with French front-runners PSG, with reports suggesting Manchester United are interested in signing Marco Verratti.

According to the Daily Express, United have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old Italian who has been an ever-present figure in Ancelotti's team.

But the Red Devils will have their work cut out for them to land the youngster, with Italian giants AC Milan also interested after president Silvio Berlusconi admitted he was a fan of the player.

Verratti would cost in the region of €20 million should either Manchester United or Ac Milan make a concrete offer.

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