Real Madrid players will end their holidays next Monday, when all of them have an appointment in Valdebebas to start the pre-season. By that date, Real Madrid bosses want to have the squad ready for the new coach to start working with the chosen footballers. The first stage will be Canada, and then United States.
Even if Los Blancos are working hard with many signings, and the sales of Raúl de Tomás, Marcos Llorente or Mateo Kovacic, there are many footballers that should leave the club in the following days. James Rodríguez -possibly to Napoli-, Dani Ceballos -to Liverpool?-, Keylor Navas -PSG- or Theo Herández -to AC Milan- are some of the deals that are very likely. However, it will be harder with Gareth Bale.
The Welshman will be on Monday in Madrid and he will see again Zinedine Zidane’s face. His last game was the 28th of April against Rayo Vallecano. Since then, the manager didn’t count on Bale, who was always on the bench. It’s pretty clear that Zizou doesn’t want him, but Bale keeps thinking to stay in Madrid, and maybe play golf.
His agent keeps saying that he has no intention to leave the club. He has a great salary and enjoy the life in the Spanish capital, and he has no tempting offer on the table. Few clubs could afford a signing like him, and no one has bid yet on the Welshman, so the future is white by the time being.
Manchester United would be the most likely destination. The club is working to get Pogba on board, and Bale would be the best way to keep the signing affordable. Real Madrid expect to get at least €80M for the Welshman, although it won’t be easy. Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich or PSG would be the other options for Bale, but none of them look really possible.
Given the situation, Real Madrid have a problem. They cannot have a player with the status of Gareth Bale on the bench. Especially, when the connection Zidane-Bale is totally broken. For sure, this will be the hardest operation of the summer for Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez.