Why Gareth Bale is running out of options: Man United are backing away from a move, PSG have FFP problems and Bayern Munich want Leroy Sane
- Gareth Bale is seemingly heading for the Real Madrid exit doors this summer
- The forward was an unused substitute during Real Madrid’s defeat by Real Betis
- He has three years left to run on his current £15million-a-year deal at the club
Picture this scenario. You’ve enjoyed six trophy-laden years at a club and are their second highest goalscorer this season but you’re surplus to requirements.
Well, that’s the situation that faces Gareth Bale this summer.
The Real Madrid forward is facing a dilemma going into the off-season – stay on big wages and not play at Real Madrid or seek pastures new for less money but more playing time.
Gareth Bale seems to be heading out of the Real Madrid exit door this summer
The forward can only look on as the Spanish giants continue to force him out of the club
Bale’s position with the Spanish giants was made abundantly clear on Sunday when manager Zinedine Zidane resisted to bring him on as a substitute during their 2-0 home defeat by Real Betis.
Zidane is planning a massive summer overhaul at Real with as many as 14 players expected to leave the club.
And with the Frenchman keen to push Bale – who nets £15million-a-year – out of the door, Sportsmail takes a look at his limited options. However, with another three years left to run on his deal – they are very remote.
He was unused substitute during their 2-0 home defeat by Real Betis but may have few suitors
Bale has been linked with a move to Manchester United since 2013 – the summer he rejected their advances for Real Madrid. While the forward would undoubtedly boost their attacking options it is something the club are not actively pursuing at the moment. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be looking at specifically signing younger players this summer, something which goes against Bale – who will be turning 30 in July.
United are probably the only club who could realistically afford the Wales international though. Any deal for Bale would see him command around £550,000-a-week before tax plus a big transfer fee.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting younger players than Bale
Along with United, the French giants are the only club who realistically make a move for Bale this summer. However, unlike their Champions League conquerors PSG are facing Financial Fair Play restrictions. However, these could be negated with the possible sale of Kylian Mbappe. The World Cup winner is wanted by Zidane and his comments on Sunday have only fuelled the notion of a move. Any deal by Real for Mbappe could be sweetened with Bale in a player-plus-cash transfer.
Kylian Mbappe has sent shockwaves across Europe by admitting his future may lie elsewhere
Having just released club legends Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, the forward area is a position that Bayern could strengthen. However, it is unlikely that they will plump for Bale as they don’t wish to spend above £70m on a transfer – a figure way below Real’s valuation. Instead the Bundesliga champions are looking at Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane (left) is someone Bayern Munich would prefer than Bale
Speaking of Manchester City, this is one destination that will not happen. With a preferred front three of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva – Pep Guardiola has plenty of quality in the frontline. Not to mention that in reserve he has the likes of Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez to call upon too.
Pep Guardiola isn’t looking to sign the Wales international – due to his attacking options
One for the romantics in north London, the idea of a return for Bale is just a fanciful one. Like City, Spurs have no intention of making a move for their fan favourite. Despite Real’s interest in Christian Eriksen, Spurs do not wish to destroy their wage structure on Bale.
Spurs have no interest in re-signing Bale, despite Real’s pursuit of Christian Eriksen (centre)
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