Cosmin Olaroiu reveals Jiangsu Suning pulled out of Gareth Bale signing due to the last-minute transfer demands by Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale was almost on the verge of moving to the Chinese Super League but the deal collapsed, according to the prospective buyer club’s manager, due to Real Madrid asking for transfer fees.
The Welshman broke Cristiano Ronaldo‘s record and became the then most expensive player after signing for Real Madrid back in 2013. During his six-year spell so far, he has helped the club lift numerous trophies and remained an integral part of the squad.
But the 30-year old has been struggling to find his feet at the Santiago Bernabeu lately.
Last year, Bale was also reportedly destined to quit Real Madrid having agreed to around €1 million per week wage deal with a Chinese side.
And Jiangsu Suning head coach Cosmin Olaroiu has revealed that Bale’s move collapsed due to Real Madrid making unpromised demands in the final minutes of his move.
“It was very close,” Olaroiu said as per SportsMax.
“The club agreed with his agent, his agent was there. We agreed with Madrid and in the last month. I don’t know what happened there, they lose some friendly games by a big score – Madrid changed their mind.
“First they said they would release him and we would have to pay his salary, then suddenly they said ‘No, you have to pay for the transfer’.”