Superstar Gareth Bale’s signing by LAFC is nearing completion.


( UPDATE: The attacker for Wales’ national team tweeted a video on Saturday night sporting the LAFC helmet and shirt, perhaps finalizing his transfer from Real Madrid.

Superstar Gareth Bale's signing by LAFC is nearing completion.
Superstar Gareth Bale's signing by LAFC is nearing completion.

“See you soon, Los Angeles,” Bale said as his Twitter caption. He included the LAFC account as well.

Since the Black & Gold’s 2018 expansion season, this has turned into a standardized signing reveal. Giorgio Chiellini, a defender for the Italy national team, uploaded a similar video about two weeks ago to announce his transfer from Juventus to the Los Angeles club.

Bale is poised to join on a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) deal, per a source. That would leave LAFC with an open Designated Player spot this summer after Chiellini also signed via a TAM deal.

Bale is a free agent after his contract with Real Madrid expires this summer. One source indicates the deal will not require a Designated Player spot, leaving LAFC with one DP spot open still. The deal will run for 12 months, through June 2023.

Bale is among the most decorated players of his generation in Europe, making his name at Tottenham before moving to Real Madrid in 2013. During his time in Spain, he won five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three La Liga titles and three Spanish Cups.

With more than 100 caps and 38 goals, Bale just led Wales to their first World Cup in half a century. At Qatar 2022, Wales will face the United States to begin Group B play in November.

Bale, who turns 33 next month, had 106 goals and 67 assists in 258 appearances with Real Madrid. With Tottenham, he had 72 goals and 60 assists in 237 games.

LAFC recently signed Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini as well.

The club’s atop the Supporters’ Shield table with 30 points after 15 games, with Bale and Chiellini still to join once the MLS Secondary Transfer Window opens on July 7.

Bale and Chiellini would be eligible to debut against the LA Galaxy on July 8, potentially adding even more star power to El Trafico.

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