Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has said he can "guarantee" the Welshman will not leave Real Madrid on loan this summer, nor will the player leave in any "makeshift" deal.
Bale's future at the Santiago Bernabeu looks in serious doubt after Zinedine Zidane said Real were working on moving him out of the club:
Zinedine Zidane confirms Real Madrid are looking to sell Gareth Bale. pic.twitter.com/ZnTR3Q3RTm— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 21, 2019
Barnett, though, has made it clear that any transfer will need to be permanent, per Sky Sports: "There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club. Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club."
While it is clear Real want to move on from Bale, there are few other places he could go.
Per Sid Lowe of The Guardian, the 30-year-old will not take a pay cut from his current €17 million (£15.25 million) per-year salary after tax, and Los Blancos are "reluctant to accept a free transfer."