Gareth Bale is increasingly likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, and should the Welsh winger do so, a return to the Premier League appears to be on the cards.
Reports in Spain claim that Los Blancos have grown tired of Bale’s injuries, with the 26-year-old featuring in just 44 per cent of Real’s match action this term.
That figure improves to 63 per cent across his entire Madrid career since joining in the summer of 2013, but having missed the last six games, it appears Real don’t feel they’re getting value for money from the £85m man.
And so rumours of a departure from Spain’s capital have increased this week, and it’s 11/4 that Bale quits the Spanish sun this summer.
Local rivals City are a 16/1 shot with Pep Guardiola at the helm, the same price as a move to west London with Chelsea.
Bayern are 33/1 outsiders to sign the midfielder, but that’s a price which could fluctuate given Carlo Ancelotti’s impending moving into the Allianz Arena, and the Italian boss was in charge of Real when Bale arrived from Tottenham.
A return to White Hart Lane seems unlikely for the world’s most expensive player at 40/1, while there’s even less of a chance the Welshman does the unthinkable and joins Arsenal or Real’s rivals Barcelona.
Bale’s move to Real seemed an ideal one for club and player, but it appears the end of the road could be near for this most-expensive of dalliances.
Wherever the winger heads next, he’ll have pressing matters this summer with Wales taking their place at the European Championships in France.
Having scored crucial goals for the Red Dragons, it’s 6/4 Bale nets versus England when the two neighbours meet in Group B on June 15 in Lens.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.