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Amidst speculation surrounding Gareth Bale’s future at the club and his links with Manchester United, Real Madrid are reportedly willing to make him the highest-paid player in the world as part of his contract renewal.

MADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 27: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale lost his record of being the most expensive player in the world when Paul Pogba completed an £89.3 million transfer in the summer from Juventus to Manchester United, a fee that eclipsed the £86 million Los Blancos paid Spurs for the Welshman back in 2013. However, if reports coming from the Santiago Bernabeu are to be believed, the 27-year-old could be the world’s highest paid player in terms in wages as part of his new contract.

Bale currently earns £525,000 per week as part of a contract that expires in 2019. However, Real Madrid are reportedly keen to bump up the player’s wages and tie him down to the club, especially with their two-window FIFA transfer ban looming. It is reported that the Welshman is being offered a staggering £195 million deal over five years that’ll see him earn £750,000 per week. The club isn’t permitted to offer new contracts during the ban and are hence looking to tie down as many of their stars for the long-term as possible.
Even Cristiano Ronaldo is in talks with the club over a similar deal. The duo are reportedly eyeing an annual salary of £20 million with Spain’s tax at 52 per cent. That figure will eclipse the already eye-watering £18 million after-tax salary Lionel Messi earns at FC Barcelona. It appears Florentino Perez & co are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the creme de la creme remain at the club, having already tied the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos down with new mega-deals.

There has been a lot of interest for Gareth Bale from various clubs in the past, Manchester United in particular. One would think given their current short-comings in the Premier League at the moment, the Red Devils could use a player of Bale’s quality in their ranks. But it’s unlikely Ed Woodward will be prepared to cough-up those astronomical wages to acquire the Welshman’s services.

The 27-year-old in 133 appearances for Los Blancos has scored 62 goals and assisted 48 others in his three-year stay at the club. Having already been in good nick for the Madridistas, his stock continues to rise. Therefore, despite the gargantuan wages Florentino is paying the former Tottenham winger, the investment will be worth it if he manages to keep him at the club longer during his prime.