The Mail on Sunday says Bale has told his Wales colleagues he wants to stay at Real Madrid for at least one more season. But Chelsea are poised to move in.
Indeed, the Madrid hierarchy are ready to accept Bale’s £75m buy-out clause back to a Premier League club in order to refurbish their team and keep Cristiano Ronaldo.
The future of Bale could become a battle between Chelsea and Manchester City with the Blues in pole position given FFP rules.
Manchester United will also be keen, though much will depend on Angel di Maria’s situation.