Real Madrid will pay 50 per cent of Gareth Bale’s salary to grant his wish to move away from the Bernabeu and pave the way for a return to the Premier League.
The Spanish champions blocked Bale’s move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning a year ago after demanding a fee for the Wales forward to play in the Far East on £1million-a-week wages. They are now willing to subsidise half of his £600,000-a-week terms to give him a better chance of finding a new club.
Bale, 31, admitted last week he would consider a return to England seven years after leaving Tottenham for Real in a world-record £85million deal, putting his future in the hands of his club after “they blocked everything at the last second”.
Premier League clubs have spoken to Real on the eve of the season starting as the Zinedine Zidane looks to offload the players who are not in his plans, with the chief executives informed that Bale and other players are available on 50 per cent salary.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has previously ruled out a loan but Real’s stance would at least open up the possibility of moving, rather than not playing under Zidane like the final games of last season.
He has two years left on his contract and Real have privately admitted they regret blocking his China move a year ago. Zidane is barely on speaking terms with Bale, who he allowed to stay at home instead of travel to Manchester City for the Champions League last-16 tie after it was made clear he would not be in the matchday squad.
Bale started just 12 La Liga games last season, where he was an unused sub for the final stretch of games before getting left out of the matchday squad altogether on the final day of the campaign. He returned to Real's training headquarters but was working in the gym after international duty and did not train with Zidane.