Gareth Bale: Jiangsu Suning sign Ivan Santini to end pursuit of Real Madrid winger
By Husmukh Kerai
Last Updated: 29/07/19 11:36am
Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning have signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini, which all but ends the possibility of Gareth Bale joining the club.
Sky Sports News reported over the weekend that the Welshman's proposed transfer to Jiangsu had fallen through.
Bale's camp were in talks over a deal which would have seen the Bale earn £1m-a-week, but it is now understood he will not move to China before their window closes on Wednesday.
Jiangsu's signing of Santini from Anderlecht alongside the recruitment of Brazilian defender Miranda from Inter Milan last week means the club now have five foreign players on their books.
CSL rules allows clubs to have four overseas-born players included in their official squads at any one time and, with Italian defender Gabriel Paletta expected to depart soon, Jiangsu's quota has been filled with the signing of Santini.
The signing of Santini means Jiangsu would have to move out either Alex Teixeira or Eder Martins to accommodate Bale but, with both integral members of coach Cosmin Olaroiu's side, that looks unlikely.
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