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Where will Gareth Bale be next season?

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In the wake of another sub standard Real Madrid performance the world's most expensive footballer is being linked away from El Galacticos as the side suffered a humbling Champions League exit to a strong Juventus side. 

Gareth Bale's name has constantly circulated the Rumour Mill this season as the player who has enjoyed statistically a good season is finding it hard to win over the Madrid faithful at the Bernabeu.

The player had fewer touches than his goalkeeper in the first leg of the Semi Final of the Champions League, and the performance last night has only added flames to the ever growing fire that points him to the exit door this summer.

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Although over the past few months it's looked more and more certain that Bale, who cost Madrid £80 million two summers ago, will be surely offloaded this summer it is less of a formality who his next club could be. 

Manchester United

Frontrunners to sign Gareth Bale, Manchester United have been keen on the Welshman since his Southampton days, however Bale having snubbed United for Spurs has once again been linked with a return to the side he supported as a boy. 

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Bale could be the perfect solution to Louis Van Gaal's problems as United have lacked the ability on the wings and a direct goalscoring threat. United recently signed long term target Memphis Depay so it's possible LVG could have finished bolstering his attacking line up already, however with Falcao unlikely to remain at the club and Van Persie hinted to be given the boot a big money signing in Bale could really put the woes of this season behind Van Gaal and give United some extra firepower. 

As competition for his signature heats up Man United are the favourites to rescue Bale from the Bernabeu with a move to the Premier League his more suited option. However a move back to where he learned his trade isn't the only offer on the table.

Bayern Munich

A slightly less realistic option but an attractive one nonetheless, Bale would suit the technical game in Germany perfectly and add extra speed and youth to the ageing Bayern Munich team.

Robben now 31 and Ribery 32, Munich have often relied on the speed of their two wingers as match winners but also as hard working midfielders, an influence that has waned with age and one that Pep would be eager to revisit.

Bayern are likely to splash out this summer in a bid to replace the old legs that were given a lesson against Barcelona and are looking to the future with players like Thiago and Mario Gotze. A move for Bale would be a smart one and a fruitful venture for Guardiola as the goals he provides along with the delivery would mean extra opportunities for the hitmen Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski.

Again, not the most realistic move Bayern and Guardiola could look to the less prominent stars, like they have done in the past, and Bale could be a too high profile a move for the German champions.

Chelsea

Chelsea fans remember the influence of Gareth Bale all too well as the player who won both the PFA Player of the Season and PFA Young Player of the Season in 2012/13 is linked with a move back to London but could be donning the unfamiliar blue of West London. 

25 year old Bale has already proven himself in the Premier League, a bonus for Mourinho who will be looking for back up on the wings as January signing Juan Cuadrado hasn't hit the ground running Bale could be the perfect fit for a Champions League charge next season.

The big transfer fee that Bale is inevitably going to cost shouldn't be much worry for Abramovich's Chelski as the Russian tycoon hasn't hesitated splashing the cash in the past. 

Paris Saint-Germain

French champions PSG are another side who like to show their strength in the transfer market. The Parisians have added big names in the past for big money, including a combined £50mill for Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, not to mention another fifty for David Luiz last summer. 

It wouldn't be an issue for the big spenders to meet the asking price for Gareth Bale, as PSG will certainly look to build on their growing Champions League influence and the goals of Bale and his direct approach could add new elements to the wings, as Lucas Moura has fallen out of favour, not to mention Ezequiel Lavezzi is also subject to requirements.

Bale moving to PSG may be a bit of a shock though, as admittedly the player would say he has a bit more to prove himself of in the 'bigger leagues'. However, if the price was right, surely Bale couldn't turn down a big contract offer.

Where's he heading?

Under fire and out of favour, Bale has seen a stark contrast in his influence in the white of Madrid, as at this stage last year the player was a hero in the shirt, with similar statistics this campaign, he was lauded for his efforts and on his way to winning a first season Champions League. 

It seems though that the exaggerated discontent towards Bale from the Bernabeu has finally turned into a reality, and stretches beyond media hype. The world's most expensive player looks disinterested and disheartened, pleading for more of the ball and becoming frustrated when he gets it.

It is not clear where Bale will be heading, but it's looking more and more likely that he won't be in the white of Real Madrid come the start of next season.  

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