Real Madrid champions from LaLiga were keen to get rid of this transfer window from Gareth Bale but found little to no traction. Last summer the Welsh winger was all set to transfer to China but the deal was allegedly stopped by the board of Real Madrid.
A former president of Real Madrid has now disclosed that the club even declined a bid from a Premier League team last summer to secure the Bale move.
In an interview with TalkSport former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon disclosed that a Premier League club was willing to pay € 100 million ($118 million) to sign Bale last summer. Los Blancos, however, turned down the bid hoping the 31-year-old would play a significant role in the season that followed.
Calderon declined on being asked to disclose the club’s name, saying he is not permitted to disclose confidential information. Leaks earlier had linked Bale to a move to Manchester United. Calderon also talked about the current situation surrounding Bale’s relocation.
The former president of Real Madrid says the Wales international doesn’t want to leave, nor is he willing to lower his pay.
The Gareth Bale wages clock in at an estimated € 292,000-a-week according to different sources. His enormous salaries in the current financial environment COVID-19-hit make it impossible for a club to have those numbers on their payroll.
Calderon confirms that Bale’s agent has recently been in negotiations with the clubs, seeking to agree.
However, with his selling the club will find it hard to reap financial benefits. It would be in Real Madrid’s best interest to terminate his contract and allow him to leave for free, the former club president adds.
Calderon says that recovering the amount the club spent on signing Bale would be extremely difficult, citing his age and lack of playing time in the last two seasons.