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Sunday 11 December 2016

Van Gaal launches £110m bid for Bale and Varane

Manchester United have had an audacious bid to sign Gareth Bale (left) and Raphael Varane rejected by Real Madrid, according to Spanish media Photo: 2015 Getty Images
Manchester United have had an audacious bid to sign Gareth Bale (left) and Raphael Varane rejected by Real Madrid, according to Spanish media Photo: 2015 Getty Images
Gareth Bale

Manchester United have launched a sensational bid for Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane - according to reports in Spain.

Louis van Gaal has tabled a £110m offer for the Real Madrid pair, which was immediately rejected by Real Madrid.

Spanish newspapers Cuatro and El Mundo Deportivo reported the move by United, who could come back in with an improved bid.

Van Gaal is looking for more fire power and a world class centre back this summer, with Bale (right) and Varane fitting the bill.

But the Dutchman may have to admit defeat in his attempts to keep David de Gea out of the clutches of Real.

The Spanish goalkeeper is believed to have already said his farewells to staff at United ahead of a move to the Bernabeu this summer.

De Gea is still to agree a new contract that will make him the highest paid keeper in the Premier League on around £200,000-a-week.

Meanwhile, Memphis Depay has revealed that he has already had a run-in with Manchester United before even kicking a ball for his new club.

The £25m signing from PSV Eindhoven was determined to go out on a high in Holland after agreeing his move to Old Trafford last month.

He still had two games to play for the Dutch champions and wanted to ensure he finished as Holland's leading scorer.

But Depay, who is Louis van Gaal's first signing of the summer, says United weren't happy about his decision to play on.

"I wanted to play, but the club and Manchester United weren't happy with that," he said. "Because of injuries. I wanted to become top scorer and break the total points record with PSV. So I absolutely wanted to play."

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