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Gareth Bale: Man Utd, PSG & 10 clubs that the unwanted Welsh winger could sign for

01:00 EAT 24/07/2019
Gareth Bale Real Madrid
The 30-year-old forward appears destined to leave Real Madrid this summer, but where might he end up?

While Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said that he is content that Gareth Bale is part of his squad, he also claimed that the former Tottenham star did not want to come on during the team’s 3-1 ICC defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Agent Jonathan Barnett has labelled Zidane “a disgrace” over his handling of the 30-year-old but has claimed that Bale will not depart Santiago Bernabeu on loan.

As such, rumours are swirling as to where he could end up when the transfer window finally closes.

Here are 10 possibilities:

  • Gareth Bale Wales 2018

    Manchester United

    Bale has long been considered a target for the Red Devils, who need to add an extra layer of world-class talent to an attack that was too often found misfiring last season.

    With the Old Trafford outfit having instigated a policy this summer that has seen them focus on signing British players – Aaron Wan Bissaka and Daniel James have already joined up – the Welshman could be considered an attractive option by the Old Trafford side.

  • Mohamed Salah Sadio Mane Liverpool

    Liverpool

    Last term, Liverpool leaned heavily on the attacking talents of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Jurgen Klopp could have a problem this season, though: all three have been heavily involved on international duty deep into the summer and will surely not start the campaign firing on all cylinders.

    The Reds could use some additional depth going forward and with the riches they plundered in winning the Champions League, perhaps they could seek to lure Bale. This is, however, a very long shot.

  • Neymar PSG

    Paris Saint-Germain

    It has been made very public that Neymar is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and wants a way out. Real Madrid could be an attractive option to the Brazilian.

    Los Blancos, constrained by Financial Fair Play, will have to look for creative ways in order to sign the player and one of those could be a part-exchange deal that involved Bale. Indeed, this has already been mooted in the Spanish press. PSG, however, are adamant that they will accept only cash.

  • Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid

    Chinese Super League

    Could Bale make his way to the Chinese Super League? With riches to be found in the Far East, it could be a tempting offer for the wide man, though he will still surely feel that he has something to prove in Europe after being unceremoniously pushed to the sidelines at the Bernabeu.

    Nevertheless, there is bound to be interest from the CSL, which is a league that is constantly seeking to increase its profile.

  • Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich

    An era ended at the Allianz Arena last season as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery quit the club at the end of their contracts. FCB have yet to sign a replacement for either, and as they continue to be foiled in their approaches for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, they may consider Bale as a useful alternative.

    The Germans do not get drawn, traditionally, into giant bidding wars, but if the price was right they may see the move as a possibility.

  • Gareth Bale Tottenham

    Tottenham

    When Gareth Bale left Tottenham, he became the world’s most expensive player, and it is not inconceivable that he might return to White Hart Lane.

    Of course, going back to the club where he made his big breakthrough on the European stage will hold a certain romantic draw for the winger, who played 203 times for the London club with a return of 55 goals. With their budget tight due to their new stadium, however, it seems an improbable move.

  • David Beckham Inter Miami 2018

    Inter Miami

    David Beckham’s MLS franchise hope to start play in 2020 and what better way to announce themselves as a force than by signing a marquee star like Bale?

    It would likely mean the Welshman kicking his heels in Spain until Christmas, but with Inter set to announce their first wave of signings in the coming months, the prospect of moving across the Atlantic along with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would surely be an attractive one.

    LA Galaxy could be another interesting – and more immediate – possibility.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Real Madrid

    Juventus

    On a march for Champions League glory, the Serie A club would offer Bale the type of platform that he is used to. Moreover, it would open up a fresh challenge for him in Italy.

    With old Real Madrid buddy Cristiano Ronaldo currently leading the charge for the Old Lady and international team-mate Aaron Ramsey on board, it would be a great opportunity to team up with old colleagues.

    Juve, though, are unlikely to be targeting Bale, having already spent lavishly to sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

  • Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19

    Arsenal

    Could Bale move to Arsenal, great rivals of his former employers? In reality, probably not.

    The Gunners have struggled to get more straightforward moves for the likes of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba over the line, but there have been murmurings they could yet be interested in an experienced attacker.

    In this regard, Bale would fit the bill but the Emirates side are notoriously frugal and signing a 30-year-old goes against their ethos.

  • Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19

    Real Madrid

    Under contract at Real Madrid until 2022, Bale is under no compulsion to leave the Bernabeu. He is reportedly on an annual salary of €15 million (£13.5m/$16.8m) and will struggle to see that matched anywhere else.

    If he is not wanted in Spain, he can sit in the stands and scoop this wage up regardless. The ball is, therefore, in Madrid’s court if they want to see him go.