Bale’s proposed £1 million a week deal to the Chinese Super League seemed to fall apart almost as quickly as it happened, so we’re taking a look at 5 clubs who could still be in for him before the transfer window shuts. He’s won it all at Madrid, but after new manager Zinedine Zidane made it clear that Bale is no longer wanted at Los Blancos, many think it’s time for a new challenge, or maybe an old one…
Do they have the money? Yeah. Do they need him? No. Will that stop them? Definitely not. PSG seem a good fit for the Welshman. He may not see the field that often, PSG have some other wingers I seem to remember, but that doesn’t seem to make a difference to Bale who has spent most of his time admiring the beautiful Bernabeu stadium from the dugout anyway.
This may be a good move for Bale, who must be in need of a bit of extra cash, as he’ll be paid as well as, if not better than when he was in Madrid. PSG are still searching for the elusive first Champions League Title and Bale would be an instant hero if he was able to help them deliver it.
2. Bayern Munich
The German giants have been heavily linked with Gareth Bale ever since Zidane’s comments. They’ve let go of both their legendary winger tandem in Franc Ribery and Arjen Robben. Having another explosive winger, who is a very prolific goalscorer, would make this transition easier for the team.
They’re looking to recapture the Bundesliga title again and make a push at Europe’s top table after only managing a measly last 16 exit to Liverpool last year. A statement signing like Gareth Bale from a European rival would go a long way in achieving that.
3. Man United
This rumour feels as old as time. Ever since arriving in Madrid 6 years ago, Bale has seemed to be linked with a move to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certainly looking to bolster his attacking force as it seems that striker Romelu Lukaku will be leaving Manchester for Milan after 2 deliciously average seasons at ‘The Theatre of Dreams’.
New signing Daniel James is another Welsh winger and having a teammate like Gareth Bale could do wonders for his development, especially at Ryan Giggs old stomping ground. They’ll sign David Brooks as well at this rate.
He couldn’t could he? Probably not. But it’s a fun idea. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are getting closer and closer each year to actually winning something and Gareth Bale could push them over that line. It would be difficult to see how he’d fit into the side. Dele Alli and Heung Min Son are clearly very much in Pochettino’s plans and Christian Eriksen looks to be staying put in N17 as well. Tottenham are also hopeful of completing a move for Argentinian attacking midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso in the coming days.
Wages are another issue. Gareth Bale left White Hart Lane for Real Madrid and would’ve more than doubled his wages. Though White Hart Lane looks a lot different now, Daniel Levy is still the chairman. He certainly won’t spend out of his means, so this looks unlikely, but not impossible.
5. Real Madrid
Boring! We won’t be seeing much from Gareth Bale this year if he chooses to stay in the Spanish Capital. He may even be lucky to get on the bench as Zidane is looking to push through younger players like Asensio and Vinícius Júnior, as this ageing Real Madrid squad really starts to decline.
This looks his most likely destination which could be a boost for Castilla (Real Madrid 2nds) boss Raul. He may be able to get some gametime from the Welshman. Crazy to think he scored a bicycle kick winner in the Champions League final just over a year ago.