Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was on the verge of signing a mouth-watering deal with Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, multiple reports claimed.
The 30-year-old Welshman has already been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane that he does not form part of his future plans at the Spanish giants.
Spanish daily Marca revealed that Bale, who has been at Real since 2013 since signing from Tottenham, will earn 24.5 million U.S. dollars per season in China and that the deal is almost finalized.
According to BBC, Bale is set to join Suning on a three-year deal and sources close to Wales' record goalscorer confirmed reports in Spain that although the deal was not yet finalized, a move is "very close."
Real boss Zidane said last weekend he thought it would be "best for everyone" if Bale's departure could be arranged quickly – comments Bale's agent branded "disrespectful" of a player who helped the side to a Spanish league title and four Champions Leagues since arriving from Tottenham six years ago.
Zidane then insisted Monday he meant no disrespect before Bale came on as a substitute in a midweek 3-2 friendly win over Arsenal in the United States.
"He had a good game and I'm happy for him," Zidane said. "I do not know what's going to happen, for now he's with us. It did not change anything."
Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has already insisted that any deal which sees the Welshman leave the Bernabeu would have to be a permanent one and not one that sees him shipped out on loan.
"There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club," said Barnett.
"Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club."