There are increasing signs that Gareth Bale's time with Real Madrid could be over. There are multiple reports circulating in the Spanish press that the Welsh wing wizard will be sold during the summer, with the EPL expected to be his most likely destination.
While the Catalan giants seemingly have no qualms over Bale's performances, it is reported that the powers that be are at the end of their tether in regards to the Welshman's injury problems. After a largely injury-free first three seasons at the Bernebau Bale has been plagued by injuries since 2016 and since the start of the 2016-17 season has just appeared twenty-six times in La Liga for Madrid. Bale has recently returned to Madrid from Wales where he has been spending time recovering from a thigh injury.
Madrid's owner – Florentino Perez – has reportedly found Bale's injury record increasingly frustrating and now wishes to 'cash in' on the winger before Bale's contract runs out, which it does in 2022. Perez wishes to use the money the club would receive for Bale to make a move for the young French superstar Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe is currently at Paris Saint-Germaine on a bizarre 'try before you buy' deal from Monaco. There is a deal in place for PSG to sign Mbappe permanently at season's end, although Perez is hoping to hi-jack any move made for the youngster.
Perez is also hoping to inject some fresh new blood into his squad as some key members of his side – Sergio Ramos (31), Luka Modric (32) and Cristiano Ronaldo (32) – are not likely to be at the top of their game for much longer.