Manchester United round-up: Bale bid prepared; signing confirmed; training ground changes
Manchester United are already lining up their next big summer signing as The Sun say that they are beginning preparations for a £90 million plus bid for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. The Welshman has been booed by his own fans at the start of this season with his form and fitness lacking.
Bale was linked with a move this summer, but many rumours only emerged late in the window after the club had already spent big money on Romelu Lukaku. Now, Bale could be targeted as a marquee signing at Old Trafford in 12 months time if his situation at the Bernabeu fails to improve.
Sky Sports say that the club have confirmed the signing of Arnau Puigmal from Espanyol. The Spanish teenager joins from the Catalan club, where he was previously in the youth team at the club managed by former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores. The 16-year-old posted on Instagram, saying:
“Very happy and proud to announce that I am a new Manchester United player, a dream come true. It’s time to work, come on Red Devils!”
The central midfielder is very highly rated, and the Daily Mail say that the Red Devils have beaten Spanish giants Barcelona to the deal. With Puigmal now signed up and set to join the under 18s squad, he could be one to keep an eye on in the years to come.
The club are also preparing changes for their Carrington training ground, according to the Manchester Evening News, with planning permission submitted to the local council. The changes are believed to be down to security concerns, with changes including an 11 foot high gate at the entrance.
Other modifications will include things like bollards and alterations to fencing, with some officials at the club concerned that the high profile status of the training ground could see it become a target for terrorism. The changes will now be discussed by the local council before going to a vote.
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