GARETH BALE could reportedly be set for a sensational switch Stateside to sign for MLS outfit DC United on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old will depart Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract at the Bernabeu expires.
Spanish media have stated that the Welsh winger could join another LaLiga club in the summer as he enjoys living in the country.
But according to The Washington Post’s Steven Goff, Bale could be poised to make the move to a different continent ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
The reporter has declared that the forward is in negotiations with the American side about a potential transfer.
And he has even suggested DC United would be prepared to make him their highest-paid player in history after Wayne Rooney.
Rooney is believed to have pocketed around £300,000-a-week at Audi Field after arriving in 2018 from Everton.
Commenting on Bale’s future, Goff tweeted: “D.C. United in talks with Gareth Bale’s reps about move to MLS, I’m told.
“(They actually spoke months ago but didn’t go anywhere.) Sides exchanging proposals but unclear whether It will pick up speed.
“DCU prepared to pay more than Wayne Rooney in 2018. Bale leaving Real Madrid.”
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He added: “Certainly seems very far-fetched but maybe some hope for DCU, given talks have resumed after long pause.
“Team has been seeking a third DP to join [Edison] Flores and [Taxiarchis] Fountas. We’ll see.”
Bale was recently urged by his ex-Wales international team-mate Jack Collison, who is the head coach of Atlanta United 2, to make the move to the MLS.
He remarked: “It would be nice, wouldn’t it? It would be great if he came over here to Atlanta. The fans would certainly enjoy seeing him play.
“He’s had such a fantastic career and I’m sure he feels he has so much football left in him so it could be a match made in heaven.
“You look at the competitiveness in the MLS now and some of the players that the league has attracted.
“I’m sure he is a name that is at the top of most teams’ hitlists and it would be great if he made the trip to Atlanta.
“Maybe I could get him in the second team for a couple of games where he could find his feet!”