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Manchester United to bid for Bale as Chelsea come in for Van Dijk: all the transfer rumours

And there are also reports of an imminent bid for ALEXIS SANCHEZ

Manchester United are set to launch a massive bid for Real Madrid star GARETH BALE, according to today's rumour mill.

The Daily Star report that United will offer £90 million for the Welshman. That's after Marca reported that Madrid are ready to let go of the man they signed for a then world record £85 million in 2013 because they are moving closer to landing Monaco's KYLIAN MBAPPE. Zinedine Zidane is increasingly confident of signing the 18-year-old striker.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will make a £50 million offer for Southampton centre-back VIRGIL VAN DIJK, according to the Times. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Liverpool all summer and is thought to favour a transfer to Anfield. He is currently training alone after making it clear to Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino that he wants out.  Chelsea hope the deal can be done before the Premier League kicks off next weekend.

The Independent claim Chelsea striker DIEGO COSTA will hand in a formal transfer request with the Premier League champions, while the Daily Mirror say Costa's lawyer has vowed to "hold Chelsea accountable" for forcing the forward out of the club.

The Sun claim Monaco are to test Arsenal's resolve with a £45million bid for contract rebel ALEXIS SANCHEZ.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@talkSPORT: Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp reveals Badu snub, confirms £3k-a-week Ravel Morrison offer.

@SkyKaveh: Bournemouth have made an offer in the region of £20m for Leicester winger Demarai Gray. Offer has been rejected. Gray not for sale.

@IBTimesUKSport: Exclusive: Liverpool receive Watford approach to sign Alberto Moreno.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

FERNANDO: The Manchester City player touched down in Turkey and has held discussions over a three-year contract with Galatasaray worth £52,000 a week, according to the Daily Mail.

MOUSSA SISSOKO: The Tottenham midfielder is in talks over a loan move to Turkish side Trabzonspor, report The Chronicle.

THOMAS VERMAELEN: The Birmingham Mail believe Belgian club Anderlecht have entered the race to sign the 31-year-old Barcelona defender, who is also a target for West Brom.

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