RUMOUR MILL: Manchester United to miss out on Gareth Bale as Chelsea line up striker Higuain

Gareth Bale, who will not be joining Manchester United, according to today's football rumour mill.
Gareth Bale, who will not be joining Manchester United, according to today's football rumour mill.

Manchester United are set to miss out on signing Champions League final hero Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, according to today’s football rumour mill.

The grapevine also suggests that Premier League champions Manchester City are refusing to meet Real’s £80 million valuation of Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, but that Chelsea are in talks over a £53 million swoop for Juventus striker Gonazalo Higuain.