Bale bound for the Bernabeu?

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Gareth Bale clap Spurs v CityPA PhotosReal Madrid are preparing a massive, two-pronged attack to lure Gareth Bale to Spain

Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in signing Tottenham's Gareth Bale, according to the Daily Mirror. The Spanish giants are apparently preparing a two-pronged attack to lure the Welsh winger to the Bernabeu.

Bale has lit up the Premier League this season, proving unstoppable at times as Tottenham look to end the season in the top four, and Madrid are desperate to capture the 23-year-old, ready to offer Spain Under-21 winger Jose Callejon to Spurs before making a massive player-plus-cash deal for Bale.

Callejon has apparently grown impatient at Madrid, annoyed at his lack of time during the club's big matches, and Madrid are more than happy to make the 26-year-old's desire become reality, hoping to use him as leverage to pry Bale away from Spurs.

However, Tottenham have a slapped a massive transfer fee on Bale, while other clubs, including Manchester City, remain potential suitors for Bale's services.

Across London, Chelsea are considering parting with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in hope of securing Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

According to the Mirror, Chelsea, who have long had Atletico Madrid's Falcao in their sights, believe they now have the bargaining chip to secure his signature. Courtois, a 'keeper with great potential, has spent the last two seasons with Atletico on loan and could move their permanently if Chelsea's plan are realised.

France Football is claiming Paris Saint-Germain's director of football, Leonardo, will quit the club to move back to Italy.

The former AC Milan and Inter Milan manager has overseen a successful season with the French club, with PSG on the brink of league triumph, while they also made the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League.

But with Leonardo's partner, Sky Italia presenter Anna Billo, living in Italy, and rumours of in-house fighting at PSG surfacing, the Brazilian is expected to make the move back across the border. A return to Inter Milan in a back-room position is rumoured to be on the cards.

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