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Transfer rumor roundup: Malcom to Spurs, Bale to Man Utd “advanced”

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MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 09: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 9, 2017 in Madrid, . (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot of love for Manchester United, but the Red Devils have remained focused on one of his Real Madrid teammates.

That’s the story from the Manchester Evening News, which says United has been pursuing Gareth Bale and that talks between the Red Devils and Real have “reached an advanced stage.”

(United was) aware that a return to the Premier League was among a handful of options (Ronaldo) was prepared to consider, along with France and Italy - but instead kept their focus on Bale.

The report says United is looking at Willian as an alternative if Bale decides against leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui and the Bernabeu.

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Sky Sports says Tottenham Hotspur will again be going after Malcom, the Brazilian winger who scored 12 goals and seven assists at Bordeaux this season.

Arsenal was said to be after 21-year-old in January, when Spurs were reportedly also in pursuit of the playmaker. Sky said Roma will rival Tottenham for Malcom.

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