LAFC confirms signature

    Gareth Bale has practically confirmed his move to America’s Major League Soccer. In the jersey of Los Angeles FC and with a cap on his head, the 32-year-old Welshman presented himself on Twitter on Sunday night. He wrote, “See you soon Los Angeles.”

    The MLS club immediately retweeted Bale’s message and officially announced the transfer a day later. The long-time Real Madrid professional has signed a contract until the summer of 2023 with an option to extend it until the end of 2024. Los Angeles FC is coached by former Bundesliga professional Steven Cherundolo, after Italian defense icon Giorgio Chiellini recently switched there. Bale is the second newcomer.

    Previously had already “The Athletic‘ with a view to agreeing on a one-year contract with an option to extend it. The Bale transfer comes as part of a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) deal, which means the Welshman does not require the club to have a Designated Player spot in the squad but is still allowed to earn more than the $612,500 salary cap (around 580,000 euros) per year. For such deals, in which the salary is increased from the upper limit with “allocation money”, each club has 2.8 million US dollars (around 2.65 million euros) available. Chiellini’s transfer was also handled in the same way. According to its own statements, the LAFC acquired the so-called “Discovery Priority” for 75,000 US dollars (around 71,000 euros) from Inter Miami. Bale had also been linked with moves to Getafe and Cardiff City in recent weeks.

    Bale, Dembélé & Co.: All transfers over 100 million in chronological order

    Gareth Bale | Tottenham -> Real Madrid | Transfer fee: €101 million

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    Transfer in summer 2013

    Paul Pogba | Juventus -> Man United | Transfer fee: €105 million

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    Transfer in summer 2016

    Neymar | FC Barcelona -> PSG | Transfer fee: €222 million

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    Transfer in summer 2017

    Ousmane Dembele | BVB -> FC Barcelona | Transfer fee: €140 million

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    Transfer in summer 2017

    Philippe Coutinho | Liverpool -> FC Barcelona | Transfer fee: €135 million

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    Transfer in winter 2018

    Kylian Mbappe | AS Monaco -> PSG | Transfer fee: €180 million

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    Loan in the summer of 2017, permanent transfer in the summer of 2018. The fee increased from €145m to €180m with the contract extension at PSG.

    Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid -> Juventus | Transfer fee: €117 million

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    Transfer in summer 2018

    Eden Hazard | Chelsea -> Real Madrid | Transfer fee: €115 million

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    Transfer in summer 2019

    Antoine Griezmann | Atlético -> FC Barcelona | Transfer fee: €120 million

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    Transfer in summer 2019

    João Felix | Benfica -> Atlético | Transfer fee: €127.2 million

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    Transfer in summer 2019

    Jack Grealish | Aston Villa -> Man City | Transfer fee: €117.5 million

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    Transfer in summer 2021

    Romelu Lukaku | Inter -> Chelsea | Transfer fee: €113 million

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    Transfer in summer 2021

    Other models for hiring big stars are also possible: city rivals Los Angeles Galaxy, for example, once hired Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a salary below the salary cap, but in the process transferred him shares in the Swedish subsidiary of the owner company AEG, which in turn owns the Hammarby IF club , which means that the star striker is now a partner there. In Bale’s case, however, such a deal has not yet been announced.

    Bale from Real Madrid to LAFC: Still among world’s most expensive transfers today

    His contract at Real ends this month. Bale joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013. With a transfer fee of 101 million euros, the attacker was considered the most expensive player in the world at the time and is still among the top 15 in this ranking today. He won the Champions League five times with Real alone, but has not played a major role on the pitch for a long time. Also due to injury, he made just five appearances in the league with the new Spanish champions last season. His new club currently leads the Western Conference in MLS.

    Note: The first version of this article appeared on Transfermarkt on June 26 and was updated after the LAFC’s completion report.

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