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Bale admits interest in eventual Major League Soccer move

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says he’s interested in the idea of playing Major League Soccer, speaking on a new podcast hosted by the International Champions Cup.

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Bale turns 31 this summer and has a contract that runs through the 2021-22 season. He’s so far resisted any moves that would lower his monster salary, so he’s probably envisioning the summer of 2022 at the earliest.

He has three goals and two assists in 18 matches this season, but bagged 14 goals with seven assists the previous campaign. From The London Evening Standard:

“I think it’s grown so much over the years. When we come over and play them in pre-season, the games are difficult, the standard is getting a lot better. The clubs are improving, the facilities are improving, the stadiums are improving.

“I think it’s a league that’s on the up and still rising. I think a lot more players want to come over to America now and play. I would definitely be interested in it.”

Bale has been linked to a wild amount of destinations in the past 24-36 months, as his relationship with Zinedine Zidane has been one of a roller-coaster variety. Most recently, that’s been Everton, former club Tottenham, and the Chinese Super League.

He makes nearly $17 million per year, more than double the league-high salary Zlatan Ibrahimovic made last season. MLS is growing in a big way, but Bale would have to take a massive pay cut to enjoy California, Miami, or wherever.

Transfer rumor roundup: Coutinho to Chelsea; English lessons for Werner?

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A roundup of the biggest transfer rumors involving Premier League clubs on Wednesday…

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Philippe Coutinho is hardly struggling to find work these days, but he’s unquestionably struggled to find a consistent home and club to play for since leaving Liverpool in 2018. On loan to Bayern Munich (from Barcelona) this season, the 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder is already in search of his next step. According to reports, Chelsea are seriously interested and even rumored to be close to signing Coutinho.


Timo Werner is widely expected to leave RB Leipzig this summer after racking up 27 goals and 12 assists in 36 games across all competitions (thus far) this season, and it would appear he expects he’ll be heading to England. That’s based on a report that he’s taking English lessons, adding further fuel to the long-burning fire that Jurgen Klopp will bring his compatriot to Anfield. Also rumored to be interested in the 24-year-old? Chelsea.


Speaking of the Blues, it sounds as if Frank Lampard could oversee a full-on squad rebuild this summer. Jorginho has recently been linked with a move to Juventus, where he would reunite with previous Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, though Chelsea will reportedly offer the 28-year-old a new contract in an attempt to keep him in west London.


Don’t be surprised if Real Madrid are uncharacteristically quiet in the transfer market this summer, due to the severe financial hit the club is experiencing amid the coronavirus shutdown. As such, Gareth Bale will reportedly remain in the Spanish capital next season despite constant rumors that he would be leaving after another round of discontent with manager Zinedine Zidane. Bale had most frequently been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, among others.

Transfer rumor roundup: Saul to Man Utd; Bale, Ramsey to Everton

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The Saul Niguez to Manchester United rumors are not going away.

The Red Devils are reportedly ready to smash their club transfer record and trigger Saul’s approximate $168 million release clause to bring him from Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford.

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Saul, 25, has become an indispensable part of Diego Simeone’s midfield and was one of the steadiest parts of Atleti’s victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

Saul, Koke, and Thomas Partey give Atleti three of the best central midfielders in the world, and United would see a similar threesome between Saul, Bruno Fernandes, and Scott McTominay or Fred.

There’s little debate here. If Paul Pogba is sold, there are few better places for the money to be reinvested than Saul. Better call him.


Everton is looking to bring veteran Premier League star quality to its attack in 2020.

The Toffees already have Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin thriving under Carlo Ancelotti, and the Italian reportedly likes the look of former Arsenal and Tottenham heroes

According to 90min.com, Ancelotti is hopeful of bringing Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey back to England.

The Welshmen have plenty of experience together. Ramsey will be an easier get than Bale, though the hold up for both will be the appetite to pay two monumental wages in addition to transfer fees.

There are rumors that Real would consider letting Bale walk at no cost due to his massive salary, while Juventus is said to be ready to listen if Ramsey wants to leave due to a lack of playing time.

The pair make a combined $1.2 million per week, which is close to the combined weekly wages of Everton’s top 10 earners.

A report’s a report, but you’d have to think the Toffees would be jettisoning some players if the Ramsey-Bale arrival is an option. Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott are entering the final years of their contracts in 2020/21.

Bale’s agent denies loan reports; ‘not many clubs can afford him’

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Gareth Bale‘s agent Jonathan Barnett has called recent reports claiming the Real Madrid superstar could be loaned elsewhere “ridiculous” on the basis that “there are not many clubs that can afford him anyway.”

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Bale has reportedly been unhappy in Madrid and at odds with manager Zinedine Zidane, leading to months of speculation that he could leave the Santiago Bernabeu. However, due to his nearly $600,000-per-week wages, very few — if any — clubs in the world can afford his wages, let alone the transfer fee required as well.

Therefore, a loan move would seem to make sense, only Barnett seems to be offended that a player of Bale’s caliber would ever be discussed as a loan candidate — quotes from the BBC:

“Why would one of the best players on Earth go on loan? That’s ridiculous. At the moment, he is going to be playing football for Real Madrid and he has got two and a half years left on his contract.

“He is happy and hopefully he will win a couple of more things with Real Madrid.”

“Things can change, but loans are ridiculous and there are not many clubs that can afford him anyway.”

Bale’s contract runs through the summer of 2022. He has scored just two goals in nine league games this season.

Spoils split in dud El Clasico

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The first El Clasico of the season was a relative dud, though Real Madrid made another statement of strong defense in a 0-0 draw with Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Barca dropped points at home for the first time this season, but maintains its table edge on goal differential. All La Liga sides have now played 17 matches, with Barca and Real five points clear of third place Sevilla.

The visitors out shot Barcelona 17-9, and had 46 percent of the ball on the day.

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Zinedine Zidane’s suddenly stingy defense kept Barca out of the box for much of the game. Real has only allowed 12 goals in 17 La Liga matches this season after allowing 46 in 38 last campaign.

Barca produced the only big chances of the match aside from an offside Gareth Bale goal, but had little aside from Lionel Messi.

The Argentine great completed a remarkable 8 of 9 dribbles but missed a scoring chance. Luis Suarez was quite poor in the draw, Antoine Griezmann slightly better in his Clasico debut.

Real’s tactics became more and more reliant on the counter attack as the game wore on, and Gareth Bale ripped a shot off the outside netting in the 68th.

Bale had the ball in the back of the goal in the 72nd, but was whistled offside.

The jailing of nine Catalan separatists caused an initial postponement of the match, and perhaps the midweek legs cost both teams some class.

The match was originally scheduled for Oct. 26, and La Liga officials were so angry at the move of a marquee television match to midweek that they appealed to the courts.

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Barcelona 17 11 3 3 43 20 23 7-1-0 4-2-3 36
 Real Madrid 17 10 6 1 33 12 21 6-2-0 4-4-1 36
 Sevilla 17 9 4 4 21 17 4 4-2-2 5-2-2 31
 Getafe 17 8 6 3 26 16 10 5-3-1 3-3-2 30
 Atlético Madrid 17 7 8 2 18 10 8 5-3-1 2-5-1 29
 Real Sociedad 17 8 4 5 28 20 8 4-2-2 4-2-3 28
 Athletic Club 17 7 6 4 19 12 7 6-2-1 1-4-3 27
 València 17 7 6 4 27 24 3 4-5-0 3-1-4 27
 Granada 17 7 3 7 24 22 2 5-1-3 2-2-4 24
 Osasuna 17 5 8 4 22 20 2 3-4-1 2-4-3 23
 Levante 17 7 2 8 22 26 -4 4-2-2 3-0-6 23
 Betis 17 6 5 6 24 29 -5 5-2-2 1-3-4 23
 Villarreal 17 6 4 7 30 25 5 3-4-1 3-0-6 22
 Alavés 17 5 4 8 18 24 -6 4-3-2 1-1-6 19
 Valladolid 17 4 7 6 14 20 -6 2-4-1 2-3-5 19
 Eibar 17 4 4 9 15 28 -13 3-0-5 1-4-4 16
 Mallorca 17 4 3 10 18 30 -12 4-2-3 0-1-7 15
 Celta Vigo 17 3 5 9 14 25 -11 2-3-4 1-2-5 14
 Leganés 17 2 4 11 12 28 -16 2-1-6 0-3-5 10
 Espanyol 17 2 4 11 12 32 -20 0-2-7 2-2-4 10