Real Madrid have reportedly informed Gareth Bale’s representatives of their plans to sell the Welshman in the summer transfer window.
Ever since completing a then-world record transfer of €100.8m from Tottenham in 2013, Bale has been dogged by frequent injury problems and inconsistency at the Spanish capital.
This season has been, perhaps, Bale’s most disappointing one to date as he had been expected to step up in an effort to help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, who completed a €112m transfer to Italian champions Juventus last summer.
Instead, Bale has endured yet another injury-hit campaign and found himself on the bench in light of the emergence of 18-year-old Vinicius Junior.
Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager last month prompted even further doubts over Bale’s future after he was dropped from the Real line-up during the previous campaign before the Frenchman handed in his resignation.
Now AS reports that Zidane is planning to cash in on Bale in the upcoming transfer window as part of a massive summer overhaul at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish newspaper states that a meeting was held on Monday between Real managing director Jose Angel Sanchez and Bale’s representatives, Jonathan Barnett and Luis Alonso, to discuss the Wales star’s future.
Sanchez allegedly informed the pair of Real’s intentions to put Bale up for sale in what was a very amicable conversation. Although it’s understood the 29-year-old will be able to pick which club he joins as long as it’s willing to meet Los Blancos’ asking price.
The Spanish giants plan to make around €500m in sales this summer in an effort to support Zidane in his bid to give the squad a big overhaul.
Barnett has previously indicated that the asking price for Bale will be about €175m and that the winger’s salary could be in the region of €19m a year.
Therefore, it’s likely that the only European clubs that will be interested in possibly matching that figure are Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Both sides have remained silent in regards to a possible move for Bale, with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refusing to budge when asked about the former Spurs man last month.
Bavarian president Uli Hoeness announced plans to embark on their biggest ever spending spree this summer in a bid to regain their dominance in the Bundesliga and re-establish themselves as challengers for the Champions League.
Bale has managed 102 goals and 63 assists in 227 games for Real. He’s also won La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, four Champions Leagues, two UEFA Supercups and three FIFA Club World Cups.