If the report from Marca is anything to go by, Gareth Bale will be joining Chinese Super League Shanghai Shenhua after reigniting their interest in the star following his continued rift with Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane.
Shenhua came close to signing Bale in July when they offered him a deal worth 25 million euros after tax per year.
Shortly before Shenhua had attempted to sign Bale, Jiangsu Suning Fc were close to finalising their own transfer negotiations with the player but the deal was again not successful as the Spanish side were asking for £30-40 million.
Bale is believed to be sad at being left out of Madrid’s Champions League squad against Club Brugge without explanation, and the former Tottenham man has instructed his agent, Jonathan Barnett to secure him a transfer away from the Bernabeu in January.
Real are now prepared to allow the Welsh forward to leave for free to cut off his hefty wage from their finances.
He currently earns 17 million euros (£14.7m) after-tax but has featured in just over half of Real Madrid’s matches during his time at the club.
Despite Zidane confirming that Bale’s absence had been because of a potential risk of injury, the 30-year-old believed he was being punished by the French boss.
According to Marca, clubs in Europe are reluctant to sign the player because he is prone to injury, which makes a switch to China more likely.
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