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Man United launch opening £81m bid for Real Madrid pair

Old Trafford side chase Bernabeu duo.

Man United boss Louis van Gaal will look to continue his summer spending with an ambitious attempt to land Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale according to the Metro.

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The Old Trafford side have already acquired Dutch winger Memphis Depay and having secured a return to Champions League action for next term it’s clear that van Gaal has his sights set on a major squad overhaul.

Man United have £35.6m bid for French international Benzema who could well be a strong signing who could lead the club’s strike-force.

Loaned in forward Radamel Falcao was sent back to AS Monaco and veteran Robin van Persie has struggled for form this term, managing just ten Premier League goals, so a move for 27 year old Bernabeu star Benzema may be a wise one to consider.

The Premier League side will offer £46m for Welsh international Bale, an offer that may well need to be significantly improved if Man United are to tempt Real Madrid to sell.

The former Tottenham man had a superb debut campaign, following his world record £86m move to the Spanish capital, but has failed to his the same heights in his second season at Real Madrid which has led to a fair amount of criticism from a portion of the club’s fan-base.

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