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Gareth Bale transfer: D.C. United 'in talks' with Wales star

Chris Smith
Bale is once again being linked with MLS.
Bale is once again being linked with MLS. / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

It's the rumor that just won't go away; Gareth Bale is once again being linked with a move to Major League Soccer, this time with D.C. United as the frontrunners.

The Wales star has won just about everything you could wish to win in European club soccer but has had a famously strained relationship with Real Madrid during his time in the Spanish capital.

Bale's current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of June and it's widely expected that he'll call time on his spell in Madrid with just seven appearances to his name across all competitions this season.

D.C. United parted ways with head coach Hernan Losada on Wednesday and the club now continue to make the headlines with the Washington Post's Steven Goff reporting that the Black and Red are speaking with Bale's agent.

Goff's report states that the two parties have 'exchanged proposals' but it remains unclear whether talks with Bale - a four-time Champions League winner - will progress beyond that point. In financial terms, D.C. United do have wiggle room to make the deal happen, as well as an all-important third Designated Player spot free to use.

In a Twitter thread, Goff added that the idea of a move to D.C. United seems 'very far-fetched'. But one thing is for sure: Bale would get minutes with the four-time MLS Cup champions, and keeping match fit will be his priority with Wales still in with a chance of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.

And D.C. United are no strangers to big players from Europe, with Wayne Rooney the most recent star to grace the Audi Field turf, while they've been linked with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric in the recent past.

Bale has often been linked with a move to Major League Soccer since turning 30, with the LA Galaxy being named alongside the forward in the past.