According to sources in the United States, LAFC is nearing the completion of a deal to sign Gareth Bale on a free transfer once his Real Madrid contract expires. Before the World Cup in November in Qatar, the Welshman has been considering his options. It now appears that the 32-year-old will take on a new challenge in the MLS as he attempts to maintain his fitness levels.
This week, the former Tottenham winger visited Cardiff City’s training facility to negotiate a spectacular return to his native country, but it now seems the Bluebirds have been unsuccessful in their efforts to sign Bale.
He had in-depth discussions with Cardiff manager Steve Morison, but the Championship team has found it difficult to match the substantial offer being made from across the Atlantic.
According to sources, Bale has made up his mind to join LAFC, which is working to finalize a contract.
It’s believed that the assailant will sign a one-year initial contract with the option to extend it by another 18 months if he chooses to continue his journey.
After Bale’s tumultuous nine-year tenure at the Bernabeu, no Premier League teams were thought to be in the running for him.
He was re-signed by Tottenham on a loan agreement for the 2020–21 campaign, although the club made no moves to bring him back permanently to north London.
Although interest in the Wales international has subsequently been characterized as entirely speculative, Newcastle and Aston Villa have also been connected with swoops.
With a 1-0 victory against Ukraine in their World Cup play-off at the beginning of the month, Bale contributed to Wales securing their spot in Qatar.