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Spurs Near Sale of Bale to Real for $146 Million: Soccer Roundup

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Bale on Brink

Tottenham Hotspur is on the brink of selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of 94 million pounds ($146 million), the Daily Mail reported.

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy held negotiations yesterday and wants Fabio Coentrao’s proposed move to Tottenham to remain separate from Bale’s transfer, while Real wants to use the left-back as a makeweight in the deal, the newspaper reported.

Baldini Discusses Deal

An agreement for Bale’s transfer moved closer after Franco Baldini, Spurs’ sporting director, traveled to Madrid last night to seek a deal, the Guardian reported.

Talks will now center on whether there will be a player exchange included, possibly Coentrao, or whether it will be a straight cash transaction, the newspaper added.

Benzema Bid

Arsenal contacted Real Madrid about signing Karim Benzema and a deal for the France striker is feasible, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The Gunners may succeed with a 40 million pound-offer as the Spanish club seeks to recoup some of the cost of the proposed signing of Bale from Tottenham, the newspaper said.

Rooney Replacement

Manchester United is open to selling Wayne Rooney if the Red Devils can find a replacement for the England striker, the Daily Mirror reported.

Chelsea intends to make a third bid of about 30 million pounds for Rooney before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 2, according to the newspaper.

Atletico’s Asking Price

Manchester City will need to pay 5 million euros ($6.6 million) to sign Atletico Madrid center-half Martin Demichelis, the Guardian reported.

City, which currently has just one fit senior central defender, values the 32-year-old Argentine at 3 million euros, the newspaper added.

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