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Paris Saint-Germain bid €125m for Madrid's in-demand Cristiano Ronaldo

As the majority of the world's leagues ready for the season's end, the rumours continue to pick up steam. Things are starting to get real, transfer fans ...

PSG make offer for in-demand Ronaldo

For the past two summers now, noises have emerged from Old Trafford of a potential return to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo. Just last September, United boss Louis van Gaal said it was possible. Yet the Portuguese remains at Real Madrid -- for now, anyway.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, Paris Saint-Germain have submitted a €125 million bid to Madrid for Ronaldo's services. The Madrid-based newspaper reports that Ronaldo would like to see out his contract that expires after the 2017-18 season, but he seeks assurances from president Florentino Perez over the club's future.

Should Perez not be able to provide the answers that Ronaldo wants to hear, then it's reported that the fortune on offer in Paris would be appealing. And if the Spanish newspaper is to be believed, a lucrative move to PSG would be of more interest to the Portuguese than a return to Manchester United. Speaking of ...

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly could be willing to listen to offers if he feels Real Madrid don't have a suitable plan for success.

Man United plan sensational swoop for Madrid pair

There may be nothing left for Ronaldo in Greater Manchester but nostalgia, although being a part of another world-record deal may interest Manchester United's former No. 7.

According to the Metro, United are preparing a whopping £157.3 million move to capture both Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The London daily reports that £85.8 million of that fee would go toward securing Bale, whom Madrid paid £78 million for in the summer of 2013, while £71.5 million would go toward releasing Ronaldo.

Selling Gareth Bale for an exorbitant fee could make sense for Madrid. Selling the two most expensive footballers in the world in the same summer makes considerably less sense.

Arsenal line up PSG duo

Ezequiel Lavezzi and Yohan Cabaye probably envisioned their careers going slightly differently when they signed for Paris Saint-Germain. Neither has been able to secure regular football since their moves to the Parc des Princes, and thus, both have been linked with moves away from the French capital this summer.

According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, both Lavezzi and Cabaye will be allowed to leave this summer, and a suitor for both players is Arsenal's Arsene Wenger. Cabaye left Newcastle for £19 million in January of 2014, while Lavezzi signed from Napoli for €26.5 million in 2012.

Liverpool and Roma reportedly are both interested in Cabaye as well, while the report went on to say that Gregory van der Wiel and Lucas Digne, in addition to Lavezzi and Cabaye, will also leave the club this summer.

Arsenal's other midfield option

Even if Arsenal don't land Cabaye, at least they can rest easy knowing they're the favourites for the signature of another highly sought-after central midfielder: Morgan Schneiderlin.

According to the Telegraph, the Gunners are in pole position to land the French international for a fee reportedly between £25 million and £30 million. Southampton have offered Schneiderlin a lucrative new contract, but the Telegraph reports that the club expect their star midfielder to move on in the summer.

Assuming that Arsenal -- or Tottenham, or any other interested parties -- meet their valuation, of course. Saints sources say the club is under no financial pressure to sell.

Arsenal for Alves?

It's all Arsenal all the time in this edition of Transfer Talk. A day after Wenger hinted at a big summer in the transfer window, the North London club have been linked with fistfuls of potentially available players. The latest such name to be linked with a move to the Emirates is Dani Alves.

Dani Alves has reportedly rejected Barcelona's most recent contract offer, but could he be on his way to Arsenal?

Alves reportedly rejected Barcelona's most recent contract offer earlier this week, and is expected to hold a news conference next week to detail his future plans. According to the Metro, those plans could well include a move to Arsenal instead of a long-rumoured transfer to Manchester United.

Should the Brazilian arrive in North London, Wenger will have quite the collection of right-backs on his hands. Alves would lead a group that already includes Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy.

Where is Mauro Icardi going?

Says the Express: "A number of high-profile clubs have been put off by the confusion surrounding Mauro Icardi's renewal, with the player's wife taking on an active role in contract negotiations." Confusion is the operative word there.

The Express went on to report that the Inter striker was going to ignore the fluttering eyelashes in his direction and put pen to paper on a new deal at the San Siro. However, the story gets more interesting from here.

In a series of tweets (that have since been deleted) discussing her husband's future, Icardi's wife revealed that she would be in Madrid on Monday. Several outlets in Italy and Spain have run with the suggestion that Icardi could be in negotiations with either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid.

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