Real Madrid Transfers: Could this be the year Gareth Bale goes to MLS?

Real Madrid, Gareth Bale (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Gareth Bale (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid right winger Gareth Bale has been producing goals and assists recently for Tottenham, and that’s made Madridistas optimistic that Spurs may want to secure a permanent deal for the former Copa del Rey Final hero.

However, Bale’s total wages cost 30 million euros, and he still has one year left on his contract. This season, Real have subsidized half of Bale’s wages on loan to Tottenham, because they were happy to get some salary relief and give Bale a chance to play at a higher level at his old club. He and Zinedine Zidane seemed to have their issues in Madrid, which may still be a problem.

If Spurs were to sign Bale permanently, they’d be on the hook for at least the 15 million euros they are paying him this season or possibly more. Either way, Bale may be playing well for Spurs right now, but the club may not want to give him that kind of money.

But could an MLS team be willing to take the marketing gamble? Would Bale be interested in lighting up the United States of America in the same way the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Carlos Vela, and even Sebastian Giovinco have?

Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale said he was interested in MLS last year

The MLS option was raised last year before the Spurs move, with Bale himself stating he’d “definitely be interested”. A move never materialized, but it is worth thinking about Major League Soccer in 2021.

According to a recent article by Marco Ruiz of AS, MLS clubs are still performing calculations to see if they can fit in Gareth Bale’s salary and have the Wales international conclude his incredible career in America.

But Bale has 10 goals and 3 assists in all competitions this season, including 7 goal contributions in the Premier League, which is one of the top three leagues in the world. He may still feel he has something to contribute, especially given that he has not openly given up on the idea of heading back to Real Madrid. He still believes in himself, and his spell back at Tottenham with Jose Mourinho as his manager has apparently given him confidence. At least, it should.

There are few teams that can afford his wages, though. And Real Madrid probably don’t want him around due to his wages, their rebuilding project, and Zinedine Zidane’s potential wishes. Therefore, MLS is a distinct possibility.

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They will try, because I figure some team in America has the ambition to grab a marketable superstar like Bale, who still has something left in the tank. I doubt Bale would want to make the move and basically signal the end of his career to people, though we did see Zlatan move from MLS back to Serie A and perform at a high level. So I would not completely rule MLS out.