Bayern Munich are reportedly weighing up a move for Gareth Bale and could receive help from the most unlikeliest of sources – Adidas.
Bale’s career at Real Madrid appears to be over with the Welshman surplus to requirements under boss Zinedine Zidane.
The Los Blancos are desperate to get the 30-year-old’s astronomic salary off their wage bill but are yet to find any worthy suitors – particularly when a transfer fee is included in such a deal.
But AS report that Bayern’s connections with German sports brand Adidas could now persuade them to make a move for the star to take him on loan.
A source with knowledge of Bayern’s strategy told the Spanish publication: “Don’t forget that Bale is sponsored by [Bayern Munich kit suppliers] Adidas, and that this is a brand that has a lot of money invested in Bayern.”
Adidas has backed Bayern for more than 50 years and extended its kit sponsorship deal – which still had five years to run – with Bayern back in 2015, for a further 10 years.
The deal was worth a reported £900 million and will take their agreed partnership up till 2030.
Bale meanwhile is on an estimated annual salary of around 30 million euros per year, and despite his significant problems with injuries, Bayern could be tempted based purely on his potential commercial value to the club.
In addition to his club salary, Bale earns in excess of £4m per year from his deal with the sportswear giant, as well as millions more from other sponsors.
The player’s agent Jonathan Barnett previously denied his client would be making a move unless it was on a permanent basis.
Barnett told Sky Sports: “There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.”
However with the English transfer deadline due to shut on Thursday, and no formal offers from the Premier League for Bale, his representatives may have to change tact.
With Bale not keen on a move to the Chinese Super League, he has little options remaining if he doesn’t want to spend the season frozen out at Real.
Bayern utilised a similar arrangement to their advantage in the past two seasons to loan James Rodriguez from the La Liga club, and with the Colombian not returning to the Allianz it frees up space in their wage structure to finance a move for Bale, along with the help of their trusty backers.