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Real Madrid to offload Bale to fund €190m Mbappe deal and today's transfer gossip

Elsewhere, an unhappy Arsenal striker wants out.

HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…

WITH PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN shattering the world transfer record to take Neymar from Barcelona yesterday, their El Clasico rivals Real Madrid have been linked with another monstrous move involving a Ligue Un club.

18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe is one of the most sought-after players on the planet right now and the Frenchman’s compatriot, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, would love to bring him to the Spanish capital.

Kylian Mbappe File Photo Mbappe and Bale. Source: Press Association

However, the European champions may need to sell one of their prized assets, namely Gareth Bale, to free up the funds needed. According to Marca, Monaco’s starting point value is around €190 million.

Manchester United have been long-time admirers of Bale and they would be one of the few clubs who could stump up the €99m reportedly required to bring Welsh star back to the Premier League.

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez has reportedly handed in a transfer request. The Spaniard didn’t play as much has he would have liked in his debut season and has now fallen further down the pecking order with the record signing of Alexandre Lacazette.

The 28-year-old could be set for a return to his former club Deportivo La Coruna, while newly-promoted Newcastle United are also interested.

A number of sources, including the Liverpool Echo, are reporting that Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno is on his way out — with Watford lining up a possible £15m deal for the full-back.

Coincidentally, the Reds face the Hornets at Vicarage Road on the opening Saturday of the season.

In other news, Uruguyuan midfielder Gaston Ramirez has left Middlesbrough for Serie A side Sampdoria.

Retro Deal of the Day: Keith Fahey 

Having lit up the League of Ireland during two spells at St Patrick’s Athletic either side of a stint with Drogheda United, Dubliner Keith Fahey was signed by Championship club Birmingham City for a fee that eventually rose to £500,000 (€592,000).

Soccer - Coca-Cola Football League Championship - Birmingham City v Derby County - St Andrews' Stadium Fahey in the blue of Birmingham. Source: EMPICS Sport

The midfielder had previously been at Arsenal and Aston Villa but failed to make the grade. However, this time around he proved a hit — playing a role in the Blues’ promotion to the Premier League.

Fahey went on to spend four years at the club and won the League Cup in 2011. During that time, he also made his senior debut for Ireland and earned a total of 16 caps.

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