Cardiff are confident of signing Gareth Bale this summer, talkSPORT understands.
The Championship side are even briefing potential new signings that they’re confident of signing the five-time Champions League winner.
Bale will be a free agent on July 1, the player recently announcing he will see out the final year of his contract with Real Madrid.
Having struggled for game time throughout his nine-year stay at the Bernabeu, Bale will be eager to go to a club that will guarantee him first-team football as he looks to get maintain his fitness ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off in November.
He’s been linked with a whole host of clubs, including former side Tottenham, however, Cardiff appears to be his next destination.
It’s widely reported that Bale visited Cardiff’s training base on Wednesday and talkSPORT understands he’s seriously contemplating the move back to his hometown club following talks with manager Steve Morison.
Prior to Wales’ June 3-2 Nations League defeat against Holland in Rotterdam, he revealed: “It’s something I guess I need to sit down and go through.
“Not just with my family, but with the manager here (Robert Page), with the physios here that we use, to see what would give me the best chance of being fit come November and December.
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“I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference. A football game is a football game.
“I feel like I’ll never really lose my quality on the ball. I guess it’s a conversation to be had.
“I need time to think what’s the best move for me, my family, my kids, and hopefully we’ll sort that over the summer. I have options.”
Despite his struggles in the Spanish capital, Bale will bring a wealth of experience and success to Cardiff should the move go through.
Bale has five Champions League winners’ medals to his name. He also won LaLiga three times and the Copa del Rey once.
However, it’s his form for Wales that will impress Cardiff fans the most having played key roles in helping them qualify for Euro 2020 and Euro 2016.
He scored decisive goals in Wales path to a first World Cup in 64 years too, netting twice in their play-off semi-final win over Austria, while also scoring the winner in their play-off final win over Ukraine.
Wales begin their World Cup campaign against the USA on November 21, before taking on Iran and England in their other two group matches.