Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane appeared to make peace and focus on getting Real Madrid back to the top. However, the duo seem to be at loggerheads once again with Bale reportedly instructing his agent, Jonathan Barnett, to seek a club capable of affording his extravagant wages.
Since the Champions League game against Club Brugge, Bale and Zidane have been unable to find a good working relationship. After a poor start to the season, Zidane was able to get some decent performances out of Bale. This led to suggestions that the Welshman would indeed be an integral part of Madrid going forward. Yet, the 30-year-old remains glued to golf and unable to fit into the squad.
The month of October saw Bale feature in just one game – the home game against Granada. The Welshman may have come up with an assist, but it has not been sufficient to keep him in the starting line-up.
Bale has reportedly ordered his agent to try and secure a move at least in January. A move could have happened in the summer if not for president Florentino Perez intervening at the last moment and keeping the player. Jiangsu Suning were on the verge of signing Bale before Madrid decided to have a change of mind and request an additional transfer fee.
Now, Perez is starting to see that Bale does not have a way back into the squad and there is little option other than parting ways. It is remarkable that Bale has only featured in just over 50% of the games for Madrid over the last six seasons. He has become very injury prone and clubs are simply not ready to hand him a net salary of €17 million. The biggest problem for Madrid in the efforts to get rid of Bale is the immense salary earned by the 30-year-old.
Chinese clubs will have trouble matching this extravagant wage demand but they are not ready to pay any sizeable as transfer fees. The recent changes to Chinese football rules force clubs to pay the equivalent of any transfer fee as a development fee to China’s youth football. Hence, Chinese outfits are unlikely to accept the wide demands of Madrid. The Los Blancos are reportedly looking for a €40 million transfer fee.
Zinedine Zidane may have been given lavish funds to spend in the summer, but Perez continues to be convinced that the squad is need of a major overhaul. If that is the case, players like Bale have to create space. For the time being, the presence of Bale has kept Madrid’s future transfer plans on hold. Los Blancos have reportedly shelved plans to bring in Christian Eriksen, who is available for free in the summer, for the time being. The club are also looking at the possibility of putting a €90 million bid along with Bale for the transfer of Paul Pogba.
In the absence of Bale, Madrid have scored just one goal in the last two games. Things have to improve quickly for Madrid who are in a disappointing sixth place going into the weekend.