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Cardiff City's potential 2022/23 XI featuring Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

Cardiff City finished 19th in the Championship last season and could lose as many as nine first team players on free transfers when their contracts expire at the end of this month.

But the Bluebirds could prove to be the biggest beneficiaries following Wales’ qualification for the World Cup.

The Dragons qualified for the tournament known as the festival of football for the first time since 1958 and with their place in Qatar assured – Robert Page’s star duo have been linked with audacious moves to the Cardiff City Stadium this summer.

According to 90min, Cardiff City are ready to make contract offers to Wales legends Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

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With Bale leaving Real Madrid this summer, the 32-year-old’s focus has now switched to finding a new club to ensure he arrives in the Middle East at winter in peak condition.

Bale has never played club football in Wales but he was born in Cardiff and the Bluebirds hope that could sway the five-time Champions League winner’s thinking when choosing his next destination.

But there are several Premier League clubs that could sign Gareth Bale as a free agent.

Unlike Bale, Ramsey, who came through the Cardiff academy, still has 12 months left on his lucrative contract with Juventus, but the Old Lady are keen to get the attacking midfielder off their books, so the former Arsenal could also be available on a free transfer this summer.

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Both Ramsey and Bale would have to be willing to take huge wage cuts to secure moves to Steve Morison’s Cardiff City, but with the pair linked with blockbuster moves to the Bluebirds, TBR takes a look at Cardiff City’s potential 2022/23 XI.

Cardiff City’s potential 2022/23 XI

With Alex Smithies departing this summer, Cardiff needed a new goalkeeper to come in and provide competition to Dillon Phillips.

Cardiff have signed Jak Alnwick on a free transfer following the expiry of the former Newcastle, Port Vale and Rangers’ man’s contract at St Mirren.

The 28-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal, made 84 appearances for the Buddies across two seasons.

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With club captain Sean Morrison and Aden Flint set to leave on free transfers, Cardiff have signed Nigeria international Jamilu Collins.

The 27-year-old left-back, who can play at centre-back, arrives from Bundesliga 2 side Paderborn as a free agent.

Collins, who has been capped 25 times for the Super Eagles, could slot in at centre-back alongside Curtis Nelson with Perry Ng and Joel Bagan occupying the full-back places.

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Tommy Doyle impressed during his loan spell with the Bluebirds for the second half of last season and Cardiff would be wise to enquire about taking the England Under-21 international on loan from Manchester City yet again.

With Ramsey potentially pulling on the Cardiff jersey yet again, his compatriot Rubin Colwill would likely drop deeper and play alongside Doyle, which would allow Ramsey to play in his favoured free roaming midfielder role.

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While Bale and Ramsey, who have 58 international goals between them, would rightly dominate the headlines following their dream arrivals, signing Ryan Giles on loan from Wolves again would be an astute piece of business.

The talented 22-year-old laid on nine assists from 21 games for the Bluebirds before joining Blackburn Rovers for the second half of the campaign.

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Having the creative deadly trio behind Mark Harris would inject a wealth of goalscoring threat, quality and goals into Morison’s Cardiff side, and the fans could be dreaming of a return to the Premier League if they manage to pull off a dream transfer window.

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