Zinedine Zidane has made it clear the Wales international is no longer wanted at the Bernabeu.
The relationship between player and boss has become increasingly fraught.
Zidane publicly proclaimed earlier this week that he expects Bale to depart imminently.
“We hope he leaves soon,” said the French chief.
“Gareth Bale is on the brink at Real Madrid”
“It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.
“I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.”
Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, pulled no punches with his verdict on Zidane’s outburst.
“Zidane is a disgrace,” he said. “He shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”
According to Spanish news outlet Diario Madridista, Real are getting increasingly desperate to offload Bale.
It’s suggested they’d consider letting him leave for nothing if it meant getting him off the wage bill.
Bale, 30, takes home a staggering £500,000 a week.
He cost £77m in 2013, but Real are set to save £24m over the forthcoming campaign if he departs.
A move to China has been mooted with two clubs reportedly prepared to pay Bale as much as £1m-a-week.
But former player turned pundit Tony Cascarino thinks Manchester United remains a possible destination.
“I do see Manchester United as a really viable option for Gareth,” he told talkSPORT.
“But again he’s got to tick the boxes for them.
“What Zidane said was pretty brutal. All we’ve heard is the club’s perspective, be it either Zidane or the club’s president and so forth. We haven’t heard from Gareth.
“The fans have made it clear they want him to go. He’s not wanted at Madrid.
“Gareth needs to go and speak to the president and talk about what the club want for him and let his agent know. Can it be a loan move or a permanent deal?
“He needs to get away from that football club, as he’s clearly not wanted there.”