Gareth Bale’s representatives are in talks with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning about a deal which could see the Welshman earn £1m a week.
Sky Sports News understands negotiations are progressing and there is still some work to do, but Jiangsu Suning are increasingly confident they can convince Bale to sign.
The 30-year-old has been told he can leave Real Madrid, even though he has three years left on his £600,000-a-week contract. However, any deal will have to be concluded by Wednesday as that is when the Chinese window closes.
But the contract Bale is discussing is understood to be worth more than £1million-per-week – comfortably making him one of the best paid players in football history.
Reports in Spain on Friday night indicated Bale would sign a three year contract with Jiangsu.
Sky Sports revealed on Tuesday that Bale would scoop a minimum of £20million in a welcome bonus, which will be paid during the course of his contract in China, before he’d even kick a ball.
His contract will also include regular first-class travel back to Europe and luxury accommodation during his stay.
Sky Sports also reported this week that clubs in China have shown a willingness to, at the very least, match his current wage – and would also offer Bale an unprecedented bonus payment structure to ensure he earns more than he does at the Bernabeu.
The move would also inevitably include a lucrative image rights agreement given Bale’s high profile status – all of which will push his money close to the £1million-per-week figure.
Bale has privately shown a willingness to uproot to China – even though the move would raise questions about his desire to play top-level football for the remainder of his career.
And barring a last minute hitch, or any rival attempts to hijack Jiangsu’s bid, the Wales international will ply his trade in the Far East next season.