It seemed that the Welshman would definitely be on the way to Spain until another club entered the race.
The transfer saga of Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale seems to have been endless this summer as the forward edged nearer and nearer to a switch to Real Madrid.
Yet as reports emerge that another club has entered the race for Bale, fanatix takes a look at the five most likely destinations for the Wales international.
It’s a long shot but the Citizens certainly have the spending power to bring the 24-year-old to the Etihad Stadium.
However, with nearly £100m being spent on new players already this summer, including Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic who operate in similar spaces to Bale, it’s perhaps not necessary.
No big players have come in at Old Trafford during this transfer window and it’s thought a marquee signing is required to ease the transition of David Moyes’ succession of Sir Alex Ferguson.
It’s known that Bale enjoys living in Britain and the increased likeliness of winning silverware at Old Trafford would certainly be tempting for the Spurs ace.
The Ligue 1 champions have already spent a club record fee to bring in Edinson Cavani from Napoli, but with seemingly endless funds in the French capital, PSG could afford it.
The club’s main league rivals AS Monaco are struggling with tax implications currently and so would probably not risk trying to bid for Bale.
Los Blancos are still the favourites to break the world record transfer once again and bring the Welshman to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The term ‘galatico’ was coined by Madrid in the football world and having spent £80m on Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago, the Spanish giants would certainly be willing to go that bit higher now.
There is of course the possibility that Tottenham please all the faithful at White Hart Lane and actually hold onto the 2013 PFA Player of the Year.
With Bale having failed to play for Spurs at all this season as yet this looks highly unlikely though, but chairman Daniel Levy is not one to give up a fight easily.