Sunday, August 25, 2019 | ePaper
Gareth Bale will not leave Real Madrid on a 'makeshift' loan deal
Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan this summer, his agent Jonathan Barnett has told Sky Sports News.
The 30-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane with the Real Madrid coach claiming the forward was 'very close' to leaving over the weekend.
However, Barnett claims if any deal is to be done, it will have to be a permanent one and nothing "makeshift".
"There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club," Barnett said.
"Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club."
With the Wales international unlikely to agree to a significant pay cut, the list of clubs who could afford to land Bale on a permanent deal is decreasing by the day.
Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan are understood to be keen on bringing him to the Chinese Super League - but will be aware the transfer window in China closes in just eight days' time.
Another hurdle any Chinese side also has to overcome is the fact clubs pay 100 per cent transfer tax on foreign signings, meaning they effectively have to pay double with proceeds from the transfer tax going towards youth development in the country.