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Once the most expensive player in world football when Real signed him from Spurs in 2013, Bale has found himself well out of favour at Los Blancos.
The Welshman has played just 290 minutes in all competitions this season and looks destined to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
Bale's contract expires at the end of the campaign and there have been shock links with Cardiff City back in his native Wales.
However, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, D.C United and Bale's team are "exchanging proposals".
D.C. United in talks with Gareth Bale’s reps about move to MLS, I’m told. (They actually spoke months ago but didn’t go anywhere.) Sides exchanging proposals but unclear whether It will pick up speed. DCU prepared to pay more than Wayne Rooney in 2018. Bale leaving Real Madrid.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) April 21, 2022
Certainly seems very far-fetched but maybe some hope for DCU, given talks have resumed after long pause. Team has been seeking a third DP to join Flores and Fountas. We’ll see.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) April 21, 2022
They had been in contact a bit ago but nothing materialised. Now after a pause, both parties are in negotiations over what would be a huge transfer.
United, who have won four MLS cups, are said to be willing to pay more for Bale than they did to land England superstar Wayne Rooney in 2018.
Rooney was a lucrative capture for the league and signed a three-and-a-half year deal, before going to score 25 goals in 52 appearances.
He reportedly made $2.7 million annually and was the highest-paid player in the Washington outfit's history by some distance.
Bale would come in as United's third designated player to go along with Taxiarchis Fountas and Edison Flores, but would almost definitely have to take a substantial pay cut on the reported £570,000-a-week he earns at Real.
Bale has scored 106 goals in 258 games, winning two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with the 13-time European champions.
But these days, with a strained relationship with the fans and Spanish media, looks completely disinterested and disconnected from the club.
Recent footage showed him looking extremely awkward and lost in the dressing room following the stunning 3-2 comeback win over Sevilla.
When it comes to his Wales exploits, however, Bale has continued to shine and conjured up two stunning strikes in the World Cup play-off win over Austria in March.