Bale camp in £1m-a-week China talks
Gareth Bale’s representatives are in talks with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning about a deal which could see the Welshman earn £1m a week.
Sky Sports News understands negotiations are progressing and there is still some work to do, but Jiangsu Suning are increasingly confident they can convince Bale to sign.
The 30-year-old has been told he can leave Real Madrid, even though he has three years left on his £600,000-a-week contract.
However, any deal will have to be concluded by Wednesday as that is when the Chinese window closes.
Another hurdle is that all Chinese clubs have to pay 100 per cent transfer tax on foreign signings, meaning Jiangsu Suning will effectively have to pay double to secure Bale’s services.
All proceeds from this transfer tax then go towards youth development in the country.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett also told SSN earlier this week that the Welshman would not leave the Santiago Bernabeu in a “makeshift” loan deal.
And with the former Tottenham star unlikely to agree to a significant pay cut, the list of clubs who could afford to land Bale on a permanent deal is decreasing by the day, with China being one of the only viable options remaining.