Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid has been one of the biggest sagas of this summer’s transfer window and it is looking likely that the Welshman will stay in Spain – and that could have a knock-on effect for Leeds United.
Bale, 30, has been linked with a return to the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United, as well as Europe’s biggest powerhouses such as Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
But his enormous wages are preventing him from a move to Europe, with Chinese Super League clubs likely to be those only able to afford the player’s demands – unless he takes a pay cut.
BBC Sport reported that Bale was set to sign a three-year deal at Chinese side Jiangsu Suning where he would earn £1million a week. But a move fell through because Real Madrid were also expecting a transfer fee for Bale.
Suning wanted a striker and targeted Bale, but the failure to land his signature has seen Suning move on and bring in striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht – which sees Croatian ace Santini occupy the last foreign spot.
Chinese clubs are permitted to have just four foreign players in their squad and Suning currently have five, in Eder, Alex Teixeira, Santini, Miranda and Gabriel Paletta. Former Liverpool defender Paletta is expected to leave.
Bale’s failure to move to Suning and take that last spot, then, has seen the Chinese side activate plan B and bring in Santini, leaving Anderlecht a striker short. They have identified Kemar Roofe as Santini’s replacement (Daily Mail).
It means that Suning’s inability to execute a deal for Bale, and instead signing Santini from Anderlecht, may be a factor in why Kemar Roofe could leave Leeds and move to Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht.