Gareth Bale set for Real Madrid exit – but he can choose his next club

Gareth Bale

Zinedine Zidane is planning a squad overhaul at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer after a disappointing campaign for the La Liga giants.

Spanish outlet AS (opens in new tab) reports that the Wales forward will be let go as part of an effort to raise €500 million from player sales during the upcoming transfer window.

The report says that Real Madrid general director Jose Angel Sanchez met with Bale’s agents Jonathan Barnett and Luis Alonso in Madrid on Monday to discuss his future.

It is understood that the meeting was cordial, but Sanchez made it clear that the club intends to sell Bale this summer.

As a mark of respect for the former Tottenham winger’s commitment and good behaviour, Bale will be permitted to choose his next club as long as the offers he receives are of a similar value.

The report adds that an asking price wasn’t discussed during the meeting, but Barnett has allegedly suggested a £151 million price tag with salary demands worth around £16.3 million net per year.

Two clubs said to be interested in a move for the 29-year-old are Manchester United – currently fielding interest from Madrid for Paul Pogba – and Bayern Munich, who are ready to spend big to freshen up their squad in the off-season.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.