Real Madrid are reportedly ready to give up Gareth Bale for free at the end of the season to get rid of his staggering wages, reports in England say
Not exactly the most popular figure among the Los Blancos fans, the 30-year-forward has been continually linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu over the past 12 months.
One of the highest-paid players in Europe, Bale’s weekly salary goes up to £650,000, which makes him affordable to just a handful of Europe’s clubs.
Indeed, the Welshman’s incomes have sabotaged all of Real Madrid’s previous attempts to ship him out, with the Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning coming closest to his signature last summer.
MARCA: Today marks one year since Gareth Bale last scored at the Santiago Bernabéu. He last scored at home during Zidane's first game back in charge in a 2-0 win against Celta Vigo on March 16, 2019. pic.twitter.com/H8tZ9Mc4Vw— Real Madrid News (@onlyrmcfnews) March 16, 2020
Although he eventually stayed in the Spanish capital, Bale has continued to struggle for consistency, often finding himself out of action due to various injuries.
Lengthy spells on the sidelines and a continuous struggle to deliver performances expected from a player of his caliber, the Southampton youth academy product has endured an utterly underwhelming season.
A record of just three goals and two assists in 18 appearances in all competitions has seen Bale tumble down the pecking order and lose his place in the starting XI.
As reported by the Daily Star, Zinedine Zidane has finally deemed the Wales international surplus to requirements and will look to offload him in the summer, even if that would mean Real don’t get a compensation fee for letting him leave.
Real Madrid 'consider releasing Gareth Bale for FREE this summer' https://t.co/TvqsNPAhxQ— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) March 17, 2020
Bale’s contract is due to expire in 2022, but with the Frenchman and board, both lost their patience for once the most expensive player on the planet, he will probably leave the club at the end of the season.
The news will come as a boost to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United as they were both trying to lure the Welshman back to the Premier League last summer.
Now with the transfer fee out of the picture, they may rekindle their interest and try to get the deal done in the summer as both can afford Bale’s wage package.
Faced with a potential departure of Harry Kane, Daniel Levy may be forced to compensate for his sale by bringing in another household name, even though Bale has been hit and miss this season.