Gareth Bale needs wages on par with the world’s top players to leave Real Madrid, a source close to the Welshman has told Sky Sports News.
The 30-year-old forward currently earns £550,000-a-week at the Bernabeu, where he has a contract until 2022.
However, a source said News that it would “take something very huge and special” for Bale to be tempted away from Madrid, possibly an offer that would “come close to making him the highest-paid player in the world”.
Real head coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday that Bale was close to leaving – “I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will” – and that his departure would be “best for everyone”, insisting it was nothing personal.
Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, said “Zidane is a disgrace” for the lack of respect he has shown “for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid”. He also confirmed he was “working” on finding a new club for his client.
Chinese Super League clubs Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan want to sign Bale, according to newsmen.
It was understands the 30-year-old will only leave Real if he feels the move is right for him and his family, who enjoy life in Madrid and are settled in the Spanish capital.
Provisional discussions have been held with interested parties about a transfer this summer, but Sky Sports News understands Bale’s camp have not discussed a move to Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that would see Neymar go the other way contrary to reports.