It’s no surprise that Gareth Bale is being linked to a move away from Real Madrid in the summer. The Welshman has been out of favor for Zinedine Zidane this season and as usual, he has struggled with injuries as well. When called upon action, he hasn’t showcased the level of commitment that you’d expect from a forward playing for a club like Real Madrid.
On his return to the Bernabeu in 2019, Zidane had made it clear that his future plans for Real Madrid didn’t have a place for Gareth Bale. Despite that, the Wales international continued playing at the Spanish capital due to a failed summer move. He was heavily linked to the Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning but the deal broke apart due to unknown reasons.
Breaking the silence over this matter, Jiangsu Suning’s boss has finally revealed the reason for the transfer failure. He has claimed that Real Madrid decided to involve money in the deal despite the previous agreements stating clearly that the Welshman would move to China for free. According to him the deal was 90% finalized before this transfer fee demand by the Los Blancos.
“Paying the transfer and his salary was a little over budget.” – Olaroiu
Real Madrid have been looking to offload Gareth bale for a long time now. Over the past couple of years, many European giants have shown interest in him but the talks have broken down mostly because of the price demanded by Florentino Perez. Such demands are justified as the Los Blancos paid a then-world record fee of £83.7million for the 30-year-old forward.
Opening up on the failed transfer, Jiangsu Suning boss Olaroiu said –
“It was very close. I don’t know what happened there, they lose some friendly games by a big score – Madrid changed their mind. First, they said they would release him and we would have to pay his salary, then suddenly they said: “No, you have to pay for the transfer.”
At the end of the day, the failed move turned out to be a blessing for the Welshman amidst the impact of Coronavirus in China. Due to the situation, the start of the Chinese Super League 2020 has been delayed.