Ronaldo & Bale Sign New Real Madrid Contracts + Other Juicy Football Stories

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told head coach Antonio Conte he is prepared to bid more than £60m for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29. (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, and Gareth Bale, 27, have agreed new contracts, with Wales international Bale offered a £91m deal as an incentive to reject a move to Manchester United next summer. (Cope, via Daily Express)

 

Arsenal and Tottenham both want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24, who is out of contract in 2018. (Diario Madridista, via Daily Star)

Gunners defender Per Mertesacker, 32, is wanted by former side Hannover. (Sun)

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The Telegraph leads on Chelsea’s interest in Leonardo Bonucci

Interim boss Mike Phelan is set to be handed the Hull City manager’s job on a permanent basis. (Sun)

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, 29, could sign a new contract with Barcelona before Christmas. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Napoli chairman Aurelio Du Laurentiis rejected a £50m offer from Chelsea for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, two days before the summer transfer window closed. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24, says he is determined not to be weighed down by an “incredible” price tag following his summer move from Valencia for a fee in excess of £35m. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham have an obligation to buy forward Simone Zaza after 10 appearances for the club, according to the 25-year-old’s agent and father. (Tutto Juve, via International Business Times)

The Football Association has reminded top agents working in the game of its strict rules on bungs when trying to sign up a player. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have been “disrespectful” to midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, according to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25. (Bild, via ESPN)

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Thursday’s Daily Express backpage

West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady insists a move to the London Stadium was a crucial part of “rebranding” the club. (Guardian)

Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, 23, spoke to several teams before agreeing to rejoin the Spanish side from Juventus this summer. (Cadena Ser, via Metro)

Defender Matteo Darmian will look to force a move away from Manchester United in January if he does not get more game time, the 26-year-old’s agent says. (Radio Crc, via Daily Express)

Darmian could be on his way to Juventus, but only if Switzerland international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, 32, leaves the Italian champions for Inter Milan. (Tuttomercato, via Daily Star)

Liverpool striker Divock Origi, 21, says he has not heard the “rumours” linking him with a move to Juventus. (HLN, via Metro)

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, 18, who is currently on loan at Bristol City, says he found out about his England Under-21 call up from watching television. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney stumbled across some of old team-mate Gary Neville’s golf kit when preparing for a round:

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The debate over how many Accrington Stanley fans travelled to Chesterfield for their EFL Trophy win on Tuesday rages on…

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Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters is not a fan of Fifa Ultimate Team, it seems. Though Hull City’s David Meyler, his Republic of Ireland team-mate, certainly is.

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West Ham are set to release a movie called ‘Iron Men’ to celebrate the club’s move from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium. (Evening Standard)

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