Ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale had talks with Manchester United over £120m switch before Real Madrid move

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Ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale almost moved to Manchester United

Wales winger Gareth Bale, 24, flew back from Spain and held talks with Manchester United before completing a world record £86m move to Real Madrid – Full story: Daily Mirror

The Premier League champions offered Tottenham more than £120m in a bid to get Bale – Full story: The Sun (subscription)

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham could be alerted by uncertainty of Andrea Pirlo’s future at Juventus. The Italy midfielder, 34, could be allowed to leave in January if the Turin club decide against extending his current deal beyond this season – Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are set to move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 22, in the January transfer window. Monaco are also interested in the France international centre-back – Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United defender Rafael is considering a return to Brazil, with Corinthians a possible destination for the right-back, 23 – Full story: Daily Star

Athletic Bilbao could move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta in January. The Spanish right-back, 24, has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season – Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal and Juventus are both interested in Red Bull Salzburg’s Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger, 21 – Full story: Inside Futbol

Manager David Moyes says Manchester United are short of two players – Full story: The Sun (subscription)

Arsenal and Tottenham are set to miss out on 27-year-old free agent striker Ciprian Marica – Full story: talkSPORT