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Manchester United have reportedly been given fresh hope in the pursuit of Gareth Bale.

The Welshman appeared to rule out an exit from Real Madrid following the Champions League final, when he was a substitute in the 4-1 win over Juventus.

But Spanish newspaper AS reports that Real Madrid are desperate to sign Kylian Mbappe, and the Monaco star has been told that one of the club’s existing first-choice forwards – Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – will leave to make room.

Ronaldo had suggested he wanted to leave the Spanish capital after being accused of tax fraud, but recent talks with Florentino Perez have convinced him to stay.

And that leaves Bale as the most likely candidate for the exit door.

United have been repeatedly linked with Bale, who was a target back in 2012, when he swapped Tottenham for Real Madrid.

However, Paris Saint-Germain would reportedly provide stiff competition this summer, with AS suggesting they are ready to swoop in with an offer should the 28-year-old be made available.

Elsewhere, Italian outlet Il Tempo claims United have offered a contract to Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

The report suggests that the club have offered a deal worth £6.6m per season – after tax.

Speaking earlier this month about his future, Nainggolan said: “When you play football you have to make choices and last season my choice was to stay [at Roma].

“We’ll see [what will happen this summer]. I’m going to go on vacation and then we will talk about it.”

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