Gareth Bale is finalizing a deal to move to Major League Soccer with Los Angeles FC.
The news comes as a blow to local club Cardiff City, who were heavily linked with the forward, alongside former club Tottenham Hotspur.
The five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid left the Spanish capital earlier this year as a free agent and then guided Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years.
Considered by many to be Britain’s greatest ever player, Bale looks set to sign a 12-month contract with LAFC and there will be an option to extend it for a further 18 months.
MLSsoccer.com claims the deal is close to being done, with Bale potentially eligible to make his debut against rivals LA Galaxy on July 8.
Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini, who joined MLS earlier in the window, is also set to make his debut in what is labeled ‘El Trafico’.
LAFC was only founded in 2014, but currently leads the Western Conference in MLS.
They also lead the Fan Shield with 30 points in 15 games.
Many have called on the 32-year-old Bale to return to Britain, whether in the Premier League or in the league.
However, it looks like he sees MLS as an ideal landing spot ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Wales are in the same group as the United States at the tournament, along with England and Iran.
At LAFC, Bale will play alongside former Arsenal star Carlos Vela, who won the league MVP award and Golden Boot with the club in 2019.
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