FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Manchester United double Real swoop rebuffed, LIverpool chase Sterling replacement, De Gea on his way? World Cup venues to change as Sepp Blatter resigns?

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Manchester United have had a bold £110m double swoop for Real Madrid’s Wales international forward Gareth Bale and defender Raphael Varane rejected. According to Spanish papers Cuatro and El Mundo Deportivo, the offer was made but immediately rebuffed by Real. Click HERE

With Raheem Sterling likely to pack his bags for Real Madrid, Liverpool are said to be looking at Villarreal’s Luciano Vietto or Real’s French star Karim Benzema. CLICK HERE
Liverpool have also been linked with Dynamo Kiev midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko. Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca is considering an exit from the club, with Liverpool FC and Man United keeping tabs on his future. Click HERE
Manchester United fans will be hoping there is no truth in the rumour that star goalkeeper David De Gea has already said his goodbyes to team mates as he prepares for a summer move to Real Madrid. Click HERE
Robin van Persie (31) is weighing up his future at Manchester United as he faces the prospect of playing back-up at Old Trafford. Click HERE
Carlo Ancelotti has turned down the chance to return to AC Milan. The 55-year-old, sacked by Real Madrid last week, held talks with Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani about a potential return to the club where he won two Champions Leagues. Click HERE

One shock that the rumour mill failed to predict came on a night of high drama last night as FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigned after 17 years in football’s top job. He is now at the centre of an FBI’s corruption probe. Federal agents, who last week charged 14 FIFA officials with corruption, have told the American media that they are hoping those men will help them build a case against their former boss.

Also the World Cup finals planned for Russia and Qatar World Cups must be in doubt. Click HERE to read the latest on Blatter and click HERE to see how the world’s media covered the shock resignation.