AC MILAN are reportedly plotting a summer transfer swoop for Gareth Bale.
The 32-year-old is out of contract with Real Madrid at the end of the season.
And the $851,000-a-week star seems certain to leave the Bernabeu amid continuing media attacks on him.
Bale will look for a new club in the summer — but could hang up his boots after the World Cup in Qatar.
However, that has not deterred the Serie A giants, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.
He states that Milan’s sporting director Paolo Maldini has been in talks with the Welsh forward’s representatives.
And those discussions were designed to discover what Bale’s terms would be and his intentions for the future.
Hometown club Cardiff have been linked with an audacious swoop for the Wales star.
Former employers Tottenham, who he spent last season on loan at, are also believed to be interested in bringing him back.
Bale has only featured five times for Real Madrid this term and found the net once.
But that did not stop him from scoring twice for his country last week against Austria to fire Wales to the brink of World Cup qualification.
That led to yet more criticism as he was slammed by Spanish media TWICE in 24 hours as they labelled him a “parasite”.
He retialited by delivering a powerful warning that “malicious” attacks can damage athletes’ mental health and “send them over the edge”.
Bale’s injury woes have been well-documented but he will be a focal point for Wales should they bank themselves a spot in Qatar in November.
But the Middle Eastern competition could be Bale’s swansong unless the prospect of a switch to Milan proves to be too strong.