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Gareth Bale could be one of the hottest commodities in the summer transfer window. The Welshman is out of contract at Real Madrid and is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the offseason.

Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur. The winger hit some incredible highs including winning four UEFA Champions League trophies. Yet, in recent seasons, with no club able to find the money to sign up Bale, he has become a Real Madrid outcast.

A number of clubs are interested in signing Bale. The number could grow once the season ends and some of the transfer window dominos fall into place. Now 32, Bale was once one of the world's best football players. He still has a lot to offer, especially if he is played regularly.

The former Champions League winner won't have any shortage of possible destinations. So, which club is likely to land Bale. Easyodds takes a look at the Bale next club odds and transfer news surrounding the Welshman.

Gareth Bale Transfer Betting Odds

Several clubs have expressed interest in signing Bale for next season. The interest is lukewarm at the moment as there are several issues standing in the way of Bale playing for a Premier League team or club elsewhere.

For one, Bale's Real Madrid salary is said to be the highest of all of the players at the Santiago Bernabeu. He earns £600,000 per week or more than £32 million per year. No wonder Real Madrid wanted to sell Bale over the course of the last two seasons. It is also no wonder why Madrid want the creation of the Super League.

Cardiff City lead the current Bale next club odds at 3/1. Playing for his hometown club Cardiff City would allow Bale to return to the place of his birth. He would likely be hands down the best player in the English Football Championship. However, a lot stands in Cardiff City's way of adding Bale. Cardiff City do not have the funds that Premier League clubs possess. If Bale joins Cardiff City, he may need to take a significant pay cut.

In fact, a significant pay cut is exactly what Bale will need to do regardless of where he goes after Madrid. Portugal's Sporting Lisbon are a surprise team on the list of potential next clubs for Bale. The Lions are at the best betting odds of 7/2 to sign up the winger.

Former club Tottenham Hotspur are tipped as one of the favourites to add the winger. Not only did Bale play six seasons with the North London club, but he returned on loan to Spurs in 2020-21. Bale scored 11 goals in 20 appearances in the Premier League that season, but transfer fees and salary were a stumbling block in Spurs' attempts to bring Bale back once more. Tottenham are at odds of 2/1 to resign the player.

Could Bale do like David Beckham and move from Madrid to Major League Soccer. An MLS club could break the bank to sign up Bale as a marquee player. In MLS, the Designated Player Rule allows clubs to sign players outside of the league's restrictive team salary cap. Bale would not only enjoy a nice salary, but he would likely have a nice life off the pitch. MLS teams do not have the scrutiny of clubs in Europe. MLS club odds to sign Bale are at 6/1. Some bookies have given Bale next club odds of 17/20 to join an MLS team in the summer.

Paris Saint Germain are also in the mix at odds of 9/2. While AC Milan are at the best betting odds of 14/1. Could new money Newcastle United sign the winger? The Magpies are at the betting odds of 14/1 to add Bale in the offseason.

Gareth Bale Transfer News

In April, it was reported that Bale had negotiated an offer from MLS team DC United. The Black and Red want to make a big splash this summer and add a marquee player. Their signing of Wayne Rooney a few seasons ago didn't pan out, but DC United are hopeful a transfer for Bale will.

The MLS official website even reported on the potential signing of the Madrid player. Although a proposal was exchanged with Bale's representatives, insiders state that it is unknown if a deal will actually come to fruition. MLS plays a spring to autumn season, so Bale would join DC United in the middle of the campaign in North America.

Bale's previous club Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to his signature according to many reports. It was Bales' salary and transfer fee that prevented a deal from being made last summer. A free transfer would work out well for Spurs. They could focus on paying him a large salary and providing a sizeable signing-on fee.

Newcastle United are another Premier League team in the hunt for Bale. Under new ownership, the Magpies are seeking a marquee name as a major summer signing. Bale would work out well for Newcastle United. He wouldn't cost a transfer fee. Therefore, any issues with Financial Fair Play or the new rule that will eventually replace FFP.

The Bluebirds of Cardiff could finally bring the Welshman home. Bale has never played for Cardiff City previously and signing him would be a major coup. The four time Champions League winner would instantly become one of the best, if not the best player in the second division. The Bluebirds would likely become the bookies' favourite to win the Championship in 2022-23.

Finally, it is a forgone conclusion that Bale will leave Madrid. He is currently nursing a back injury. In 2021-22, Bale has missed 22 La Liga matches due to injuries. He has suffered from knee issues, back problems, and muscle aches on top of a case of Coronavirus. Bale has won three La Liga titles with the most recent coming this season. Yet, he only played five times for Los Blancos this campaign.

Gareth Bale Transfer Value

Bale will leave Madrid on a free transfer in July. His market value is currently a mere £2.70 million.

Gareth Bale Salary

Bale is Madrid's highest paid player this season at £600,000 per week. He earns more than £32 million a season.

Gareth Bale Next Club Options

The latest betting tips indicate that Bale could join a variety of teams from hometown club Cardiff City to DC United in America. There isn't any shortage of teams that are interested in the Welshman's signature.

There are stumbling blocks to signing Bale, however. For one, he will need to accept a pay cut. Secondly, injuries and a lack of playing time could put off a number of teams. Bale has missed 22 La Liga matches this season alone, appearing in a mere five.

If the Welshman is able to stay fit and clubs manage his minutes, then he could become the signing of the summer. However, it is unlikely that teams such as Manchester City, Liverpool, or even Chelsea will take a punt on Bale. The risk versus reward is not in either of those teams' favours.

Which Clubs Are Interested in Signing Gareth Bale?

Tottenham Hotspur hold an advantage as Bale played for the team in two different stints. It was Tottenham Hotspur where Bale become one of the best players in the world for a brief time. Spurs are familiar and want to bring the winger back to his very best.

Cardiff City is Bale's hometown club. Adding him would make them instantly better. However, Bale would take a step down to play in the Championship. At the same time, if Bale goes to Cardiff and struggles, it will look bad for both the player and club.

DC United are also interested in the player's signature. Playing in the United States would give Bale the chance to get away from the chaotic football culture of Europe. It would also give him the chance to play in a league that isn't as full-on as La Liga or the Premier League. The winger could get to play fewer games and matches wouldn't be at the breakneck speed of the English top flight. Moreover, MLS teams do not have the same chaotic fixture list that teams in Europe do.

Newcastle United are tracking Bale and could offer him a large pay packet. The Magpies are also interested in Bale's Welsh teammate, Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey is set to have his Juventus contract terminated. The problem for Newcastle United is that Bale and Ramsey have awful injury records.

At one time, Manchester City and Manchester United were interested in signing the winger. Those days seem to have passed as both teams are focused on building their squads sans Bale.

Which Clubs Can Afford To Sign Gareth Bale?

It remains to be seen which football clubs can afford to sign Bale. It all depends on the winger's salary demands and whether he will take a massive pay cut. Few if any of the clubs chasing Bale currently will pay him £600,000 per week. Therefore, it is almost certain that Bale will take a major pay cut.

The football market for transfers is strange, however. A club like Newcastle United may offer the winger a substantial pay packet just to add an established name. Meanwhile, teams such as Cardiff and DC United are unlikely to pay Bale as much as a Premier League side. DC United would make a competitive offer to bring Bale to the U.S.

Will Gareth Bale Retire Once he Leaves Real Madrid?

Although it is unlikely Bale will retire at the end of his contract, retirement cannot be ruled out. Bale has suffered a number of injuries over the years. He may not want to experience the same fitness issues again.

In addition, Bale's interest in football seems to have waned, at least, it has looked that way from afar. A big club could make an offer to the winger and reignite his passion to play at the top level.

The Wales national team are in the FIFA World Cup play off final this summer. If the Welsh are victorious, they will qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. Bale will want to play club football to be ready for the tournament.

Will Gareth Bale Just Play for Wales?

In recent years, it has become a joke that the order of importance for Bale is Wales, golf, and Madrid. Despite this being a joke, it is true. Bale will wear the Wales shirt as long as he is fit to play. Wales have a FIFA World Cup play off final upcoming and will play in the UEFA Nations League.

Gareth Bale Stats this Season

Bale's Madrid stats for 2021-22 doesn't make for great reading. The winger has appeared in seven games in all competitions scoring just one goal. Bale has tallied a mere 290 minutes of football for Los Blancos this season.

Gareth Bale Clubs

The footballer joined Southampton in 1999. He progressed through their academy to become the Saints' second youngest player to debut for the club. Bale was just 16-years-old and 275 days when he debuted versus Millwall.

He spent a mere one season in the Southampton first team before Tottenham Hotspur pounced. The club paid £13.23 million to Saints to sign him. Bale didn't get off to a great start, initially playing as a left-back. After being moved to left midfield and left wing, Bale blossomed into one of the best attackers in the world.

In 2013, Madrid paid £90.90 million to sign the Welshman. Despite being a major star in Madrid, Bale's last few seasons have been subpar. He was loaned back to Tottenham Hotspur in 2020-21.

Gareth Bale Records

Bale has won a number of individual and team awards. He twice finished as runner-up with Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup. Bale is a six time Welsh Footballer of the Year award winner. He twice won PFA Player of the Year in England. In 2012-13, Bale was voted as the Premier League Player of the Year.

In Madrid, Bale won a plethora of team trophies. In total, Bale has won 15 team trophies and could be a part of a Madrid squad that wins the 2022 Champions League final. If Real Madrid win the 2022 Champions League final, Bale will have won five European Cups in his career.

Has Gareth Bale Won the Champions League?

Yes, Bale has won the European Cup on four different occasions. He could win it again this season despite being a Real Madrid outcast. Bale won the trophy in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

In the 2018 final, Bale's two goals against Liverpool propelled Los Blancos to their 13th European Cup trophy. He will go down as one of Madrid's best players despite problems with injuries and form over the last few seasons.

Has Gareth Bale Won the Ballon d'Or?

The Welshman has never won the Ballon d'Or trophy. Despite being one of the world's top players from 2013 to 2018, Bale never finished as a top three finalist. During this time, Bale did watch teammate Cristiano Ronaldo win the trophy on multiple occasions.

Has Gareth Bale Played in the World Cup?

No, Bale has never won the World Cup. In fact, he has never even played at a World Cup before. In 2022, the winger could lead the Wales national team to the tournament finals in Qatar. Wales will play in the World Cup play off final this summer. If they win the fixture, they will qualify for the tournament. Bale has played in the European Championship and UEFA Nations League previously.