Real Madrid are adamant on moving on Gareth Bale but there is a key stumbling block that means it could be impossible.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been dealt a cruel blow in their pursuit of a $82 million star.
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OFFLOADING BALE IS ‘PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE’
Real Madrid have admitted they are desperate to offload superstar Gareth Bale – but it will be mission impossible due to his £15.1million-a-year ($A27.5m) wages.
The Wales star revealed this week how he would be keen on a move back to the Premier League.
But Los Blancos will find it hard to get someone to meet his huge pay demands.
Madrid newspaper AS, always close to the ear of bean-counters at the Bernabeu, say any transfer this summer is now ‘practically impossible’.
Had they sold him last year to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, they would have potentially saved £45.3m ($A82.7m) in wages as at that stage he had three years left on his Bernabeu deal.
But Real bean-counters do not want to give Bale a pay-off even now – which means the 31-year-old could well rot in the reserves for another season.
He has two years left on his contract at Madrid.
The former Spurs star – who joined the Madrid giants in 2013 for £86m ($A157m) – spoke about his heartache when he met up with the Wales squad for their Uefa Nations League matches this week.
He said: “It’s not really in my hands, the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands. They make things very difficult to be honest.”
Speaking about the U-turn on his move to China – which Jiangsu have claimed was “90 per cent” agreed, Bale said: “They blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn’t materialise.
“There have been other instances where I have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they have done something.
“I want to play football. I’m still motivated to play football. I guess it’s on the club. I can’t do much. They are in control of everything.
“I have a contract and all I can do is carry on with what I am doing and hopefully something comes up. It’s in the club’s hands.”
ARSENAL’S BIG BLOW IN BID FOR $82M STAR
Arsenal have suffered a potential blow in signing a key target – and we’re not talking about Lionel Messi.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined the race to snap up Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
Arsenal are yet to firm up their interest in the shape of a formal bid, and could fall back in their quest to sign the Ghanaian.
According to ESPN, Champions League finalists PSG have now entered the running to sign Partey.
And if the Gunners don’t act soon, they could miss out on the £45million ($A82m) star.
But they have secured Dani Ceballos for another season, a loan deal which was announced late last night.
But Mikel Arteta has let go of Ben Sheaf. The youngster has completed a season-long loan move to Coventry City.
SunSport revealed the 22-year-old was set to join the Championship side – with an option to buy at the end of the deal for £750,000 ($1.37m).
Meanwhile, a touch of Invincibles magic could soon be about to return to the club.
Sol Campbell has revealed he would “love to” replace Freddie Ljungberg as Arteta’s No2 at Arsenal.
Campbell made the shock revelation while testing out Marvel’s new Avengers game with his fellow Invincibles.
As soon as Campbell logged on, Robert Pires said: “I have a question for you Sol because Freddie is leaving.
“Are you interested in the job working with staff and Arteta or not?”
Without hesitation, Campbell replied: “Yes, I would. If something came up, I would. I would love to.
“Put my name forward and I will be there.”
UNITED STILL CHASING SANCHO
Manchester United are still finding a way to sign Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
ESPN claim only compromises over the winger’s wage and agent fees must be reached.
Borussia Dortmund want around £108m ($A197m) to let Sancho go, a fee which United do not want to meet but are said to be willing to reach via add-ons.
Nevertheless, it is thought United bosses are happy to walk away from a deal if the price becomes too much.
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