Manchester United and Tottenham have both withdrawn their interest in signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale this summer for the same reason, according to reports in Spain. Bale has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu this summer, but both Premier League clubs fear he will ask for too much money.
Bale is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, raking in a reported £350,000-per-week after taxes.
And those wages could be the reason he fails to secure a return to the Premier League this summer.
Bale is out of favour at Real Madrid, after multiple fallings out with manager Zinedine Zidane.
He was apparently being looked at by both United and Spurs, who both believed they could tempt him back to England.
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But now, they have both given up in their pursuit, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.
The reason for both of them withdrawing their interest is the wage demands of the Welshman.
At 30, he is unlikely to accept a pay cut, and came within touching distance of becoming the world’s highest-paid player last summer.
Madrid pulled the plug on a move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning at the last minute after they decided to add a transfer fee into the deal.
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Speaking at the time, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett admitted the forward didn’t only care about the money, but wanted to create a legacy in China.
Barnett said last summer: “He got an offer that was impossible to refuse.
“But Real Madrid wouldn’t sell him. They [Jiangsu Suning] couldn’t pay what Madrid wanted.
“He wanted to create a legacy. He wanted to bring Chinese football up.
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“He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great.
“He’s won everything that he can win, and he’s done it many times.
“It was to create a legacy, his name, to be the first great player to go to China.
“But it wasn’t to be. And the money was special too, it would have made him the highest-paid player on Earth.”
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