Gareth Bale appears to have played his last game for Real Madrid with a summer transfer on the cards.
The 29-year-old was an unused substitute as Real’s dismal season ended in a home defeat on Sunday.
And manager Zinedine Zidane hinted Gareth Bale does not form part of his plans following that loss to Real Betis.
“I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no-one knows what will happen,” Zidane said.
“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team I have to do what I think works best.
“No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.”
Express Sport is on hand to rank the chances of Bale ending up at one of the top-flight’s biggest teams.
How likely are Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham to buy Gareth Bale? Chances ranked
Gareth Bale looks set to leave Real Madrid with the summer transfer window now open
Bale looked set to write his name into Tottenham folklore before Real swept him off his feet six years ago.
And Spurs fans might love to welcome him back to north London as they get down to life at their new home at White Hart Lane.
The prospective transfer fee and Bale’s wages would mean Daniel Levy making a clean break from history to land the Welshman.
However, Mauricio Pochettino could back a somewhat-sentimental move with Bale potentially the man who can turn Tottenham into true title contenders.
Gareth Bale was an unused substitute as Real Madrid lost to Real Betis on Sunday
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward loves a superstar signing and Bale would fit the bill – regardless of his injury problems at the Bernabeu.
Big-earners Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez might be on their way out of Old Trafford, freeing up some space in United’s salary structure.
Whether United get in touch with Real regarding Bale, though, is likely to depend on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans going forward.
The United gaffer already has a clutch of decent attacking talent at his disposal and may not want a veteran to come in to possibly hamper their development.
Gareth Bale has won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid
Chelsea have a two-window transfer ban looming over them but are set to appeal it at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
If they are successful in overturning it, Bale could be thrown into a deal for Eden Hazard, who is desperate to join Real Madrid.
Bale’s arrival at Stamford Bridge would temper the dismay of Chelsea fans sad to see the back of Hazard, even though he’s not the devastating winger he used to be.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reined in his spending of late, however, and he may be unwilling to match Bale’s current £350,000-a-week wages.
Gareth Bale and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane seem set to part ways this summer
Arsenal are heading into another summer of uncertainty with the transfer kitty at Unai Emery’s disposal dependent on how they fair in the Europa League final.
Should they lose to Chelsea in Baku, the Gunners will only have about £45m available to them and it is certain that won’t be spent on luring Bale back to north London.
Victory and the Champions League qualification which would come with it, though, could change the equation with the budget increasing to around £100m.
Arsenal fans would love to rub Bale’s return to England in the noses of Tottenham supporters, though Emery might want to allocate resources elsewhere.
Gareth Bale has long been tipped to return to the Premier League from Real Madrid
A series of unlikely events will have to happen for Liverpool to even consider adding Bale to their squad of two-time Champions League finalists.
Jurgen Klopp can already call on the all-star attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with capable deputies at hand too.
Should Salah or Mane, who’s been linked with Real, leave for a monumental fee the Reds would probably turn to the likes of Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and Paulo Dybala.
Bale would only cross Klopp’s mind if one of that trio was unavailable and, even then, the price would have to be right for Liverpool’s savvy board.
Bale will not, under any circumstances, be swapping the north of Madrid for the east side of Manchester this summer.
The former Southampton ace is a long way from the kind of mouldable player Pep Guardiola is eager to have under his wing.
And the fee Real are likely to demand will no doubt be more than the club-record £60m Manchester City spent on Riyad Mahrez last year.
City have virtually unlimited transfer funds in the bank, but they would not even sign Bale as a back-up to their team of domestic treble winners.