Jiangsu’s Inter Milan links mean Gareth Bale could be Serie A bound

first_img Next Jiangsu’s Inter Milan links mean Gareth Bale could be Serie A boundGareth Bale is rumoured to sign for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning on a 3-year-deal and earn $1.24m per week as he leaves Real Madrid.  Reuters MadridJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 15:40 IST Gareth Bale is rumoured to leave Real Madrid for Chinese Super League (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBale is rumoured to sign a 3-year-deal with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu SuningGareth Bale could move to Inter Milan on loan from JiangsuZinedine Zidane had confirmed Bale would leave Real Madrid before the start of the new seasonGareth Bale’s rumoured move to Jiangsu Suning has become one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window, but even if the Welshman signs for the Nanjing-based side there are no guarantees he will make his Chinese Super League debut any time soon.Reports this weekend have claimed Bale will put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Jiangsu and earn a staggering one million pound ($1.24 million) per week as he leaves Real Madrid following a six-season stint during which the winger has won four UEFA Champions League titles and the 2017 La Liga crown.But signing for the Chinese club does not guarantee Bale will take to the field in the Chinese Super League for Jiangsu when they play their first game after the country’s mid-season transfer window closes on Wednesday.Jiangsu meet Guangzhou R&F, featuring another former Tottenham Hotspur star in Moussa Dembele, on Friday evening and are well adrift of CSL-leading trio Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG and Beijing Guoan, who are locked in battle for the title.In contrast, the best coach Cosmin Olaroiu and his side can hope for is a fourth-placed finish, but Bale may not have to worry too much about Jiangsu and their domestic form.Suning, the electrical retailer who have owned the club since late 2015, are also majority shareholders in Serie A giants Inter Milan and the prospect remains that Bale could move to the 18-time Italian champions on loan.A precedent exists for such a switch, with Australia international defender Trent Sainsbury following the same path in 2017.advertisementSainsbury was signed by the club from Dutch side PEC Zwolle ahead of the 2016 CSL season as Jiangsu sought to take advantage of regulations permitting teams to field four foreign players, on the proviso one came from an Asian Football Confederation member nation. As an Australian, Sainsbury fulfilled that criterion.However, just days before the start of the campaign, a Chinese Football Association directive to scrap the Asian player slot left Sainsbury’s future in doubt and ahead of the following season the central defender shifted to Serie A on a six-month loan deal.The path linking the clubs has also been taken in the opposite direction, with Italian winger Eder joining Jiangsu from Inter last year while defender Miranda became Jiangsu’s latest recruit, signing at the end of last week after Inter annulled his contract.With the traffic flow between Milan and Nanjing increasing, the prospect of Bale running out at the San Siro rather than the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre remains a very real possibility.Also Read | Griezmann will connect with Messi, Suarez at Barcelona: Coach ValverdeAlso Read | I-League clubs not ready to hand AFC Champions League slot to ISLAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more

G7 labour ministers look to set plan for tech disruption in workforce

OTTAWA — A group of G7 ministers handling how governments help workers caught in the churn of a rapidly changing labour market will sit down starting today to hammer out a path through the employment storm.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says a key goal for the two-day meeting in Montreal will be to create an employment task force that will undertake research and craft recommendations on priority areas for the group of seven countries.She says there will also be talk about how to help older workers stay in the workforce longer, an issue several governments have looked into in order manage public spending as populations age.The meeting is among several that Canada will host this year ahead of the G7 leaders meeting in early June.The theme for the labour meeting is about how countries can prepare their populations for the jobs of the future in labour market defined by fewer full-time jobs and more short-term contracts, known as the “gig” economy.There will also be an emphasis on how to help workers displaced by technological changes like automation and prepare workers for new jobs.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, who is co-hosting the meeting with Hajdu, says the ministers hope to find common ground to have policies that help the widest number of people possible benefit from technological changes.The federal government has put its budgetary weight behind spending programs that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for students, and a program known as CanCode aimed at teaching coding and digital skills to one million students.Bains says there will also be talk about artificial intelligence in the labour market and how that will affect workers.The meetings will wrap up Wednesday afternoon. read more