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Gareth Bale has surfaced as a shock transfer target for Liverpool – or so the Spanish press would have you believe.
The Welshman is the latest high-profile name to crop up as the transfer market’s drama values ensure there is no end to the Reds’ search for a Philippe Coutinho replacement.
Talk over how Jurgen Klopp will dispose of the Brazilian’s £142million transfer fee continues to dominate the window, despite the arrival of another signing at Anfield looking unlikely at this point.
Klopp is willing to spend over €100million to bring the former Tottenham star to Merseyside, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
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Bale has long been linked with a return to the Premier League having seen injuries hinder his form and playing time at the Bernabéu in recent seasons.
Tottenham have unsurprisingly emerged as likely suitors given the club’s previous ties with Bale, whilst Manchester United have similarly been long-term admirers.
The 28-year-old has only managed six La Liga experiences this season, scoring four goals and providing one assist.
Madrid currently sit in fourth place and 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, triggering rumours of a summer clear out in which Bale has been tipped to be a part of.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has subsequently been identified as a target for Real, with agent Ramy Abbas Issa having supposedly met for talks over a deal with club president Florentino Perez.
At this rate, it won’t be long before the Spanish press hint at Bale and Salah trading shirts in a swap deal.