Intermediaries have reportedly offered Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale to Serie A giants AS Roma over a Bosman move this summer.

According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato, AS Roma will have the chance to secure the services of Gareth Bale on a Bosman move in the summer transfer window. But the Serie A giants might not be able to afford to pay the Real Madrid forward’s enormous wages, creating a stumbling block.

Gareth Bale spent nearly a decade at Real Madrid and endured a topsy-turvy ride at the Santiago Bernabeu during his stint with Los Blancos. While the Welsh international made several notable contributions to the success Real Madrid achieved in the last nine years, he endured a dramatic fall from grace in the past nine years.

Bale was a bit-part player in Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as the Real Madrid boss and barely featured under Carlo Ancelotti this past season, garnering just 290 minutes of game-time across seven appearances. And the 32-year-old will leave Real Madrid as a free agent next month, with his next destination unclear.

Former club Tottenham Hotspur will not pursue a move for the Real Madrid forward in the summer transfer window despite a successful loan stint in the 2020/21 season. Recent reports then claimed that Bale could remain in Spain beyond the summer transfer window, although a move to a mid-table club will unlikely materialise.

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Welsh outfit Cardiff City might also be in contention to sign Bale when he officially leaves Real Madrid. But the veteran forward could have a destination in Serie A, with his agent Jonathan Barnett offering him to AS Roma over a Bosman move in the summer transfer window.

AS Roma could do with a player of Bale’s calibre, considering Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Carles Perez might depart from Stadio Olimpico in the summer transfer window. But Bale’s enormous wages could be a stumbling block for the Serie A giants, who would not be in a position to offer him acceptable terms.

So unless Bale decides to take him significantly reduced wages at his next club, he will be in limbo once he leaves Real Madrid. It will be interesting to see if he continues his career in Serie A by joining AS Roma this summer.

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