Real Madrid have reportedly slapped a €130 million asking price on Welsh attacker Gareth Bale in a bid to offload him in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid have decided the price tag at which they want to do business for Gareth Bale, alternative also looking for options to offload him as part of a swap deal. The Welsh attacker is set to be available for transfer in the summer transfer window.
Gareth Bale achieved his dream of playing for Real Madrid, when he left Tottenham to join the club in the summer of 2013. But, while the last six years have been quite memorable in terms of adding to his honours, the period has also been one of frustration due to his tryst with injuries.
In fact, the 29-year-old has missed a major chunk of the last four seasons with a myriad of fitness issues, which have ultimately affected his form over the course of a campaign as well. Needless to say, his stature at Real Madrid has taken a hit, and as per the report, they are now ready to sell him.
Vinicius Junior has hit the ground running in his debut campaign while Marco Asensio is a player who continues to have a lot of expectations around him. With Lucas Vazquez also being a valuable part of the squad and another winger being scoured for, as per reports, it is hardly surprising that Bale could become surplus to requirements.
Real Madrid have now decided their valuation of the attacker, having slapped a €130 million price tag on him. But, Los Blancos also know that his €15 million-a-year wages (after tax) pose a problem, which is why they are now exploring the possibility of offloading the Belgian international as part of a swap deal.
Manchester United are one of the clubs that could be interested in snapping up the 29-year-old, and with Real Madrid keen on signing Paul Pogba, they are weighing up the prospect of sending Bale to Old Trafford, with the Frenchman arriving in the Spanish capital.
Another club that occupies the fancy of Real Madrid are Tottenham. Bale previously enjoyed a productive six-year stint with the North Londoners. And, with Christian Eriksen the subject of their interest, a swap deal involving the two on the cards.
Should neither club be open to a swap deal involving their midfield superstars, it remains to be seen if the €130 million price tag poses a problem for Real Madrid, or if they are able to offload Gareth Bale with their proposed idea in the summer.