GARETH BALE will be forced to take a potential £70million decrease in salary should he wish to leave Real Madrid in the summer after six years.
The 29-year-old is public enemy No1 at the Bernabeu, with a whopping 87 per cent of fans wanting him sold at the end of the season.
He has been booed twice by the Los Blancos faithful in three days, with Real suffering humiliating back-to-back home defeats against Ajax and Barcelona.
His agent has revealed fans should be ashamed of themselves over the criticism Bale has endured, while Jonathan Barrett also labelled the supporters as a disgrace.
But it looks unlikely that he will return to the Premier League with English clubs unable to afford his mammoth £650,000-a-week wages.
The Welsh winger will have three years left to run on his deal in Spain at the end of the campaign, where he will earn a staggering £101.4m.
But should Bale decide to take a drastic pay cut, you can be sure that a host of top teams will be vying for his signature.
The four-time Champions League winner has been a target of the Red Devils ever since he snubbed them in 2013 to sign for Madrid instead.
Should Bale match Alexis Sanchez’s £505,000-a-week at Old Trafford, he would only lose £22,260,000, and would earn £79.14m after three years.
United are set to spend big in the summer as they look to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
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With Eden Hazard poised to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, the Blues know they have to bring in a world class replacement.
A possible swap deal between Chelsea and Real for Hazard and Bale has been reported, with Madrid prepared to offload the ex-Southampton man.
Should Bale become the joint top earner in West London with N’Golo Kante, he would have to sacrifice £56,160,000.
The French World Cup winner takes home £290,000-a-week, meaning Bale would pocket £45.24m until 2022.
If Bale does decide to leave Real, then it would be advantage Spurs after they secured first refusal on the forward as part of the deal when they sold him.
While it has been claimed that Madrid could offer the North London side £50m-plus Bale for Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen.
But should he return to his former employers, Wales’ all-time top scorer would have to sacrifice £70.2m in wages.
If he matches Harry Kane’s £200,000-a-week salary, Bale would take home just £31.2m in three years – less than he would earn in a year at Real.