Gareth Bale’s representatives said on Wednesday they were in talks with Cardiff over a possible move to the Championship club following the departure of the Wales captain from Real Madrid.
Bale has been closely linked with a free transfer to his hometown team following the end of his tumultuous nine-year spell in Madrid.
The 32-year-old forward, once the most expensive player in the world, is reportedly weighing the pros and cons of a move to the Bluebirds before playing for Wales at the World Cup in Qatar in November.
His representatives have confirmed to BBC Sport Wales that they are in talks with Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman.
Bale, a five-time Champions League winner, has several options on the table with MLS teams, his former club Tottenham and Newcastle.
But he fueled speculation that Cardiff might prefer it by saying the level of football he plays ahead of the World Cup won’t be a determining factor.
Speaking to Wales last week, Bale said: “I really don’t know if the standard matters too much. A football match is a football match.
“I need time to think about what is best for me, my family, my children, and hopefully we will figure it out this summer. I have options.”
Bale, who has family in Cardiff, was earning around £600,000 ($736,000) a week at Real Madrid and would have had to take a significant pay cut to move to Steve Morison’s side.
But his agent, Jonathan Barnett, said in a recent interview that “what Gareth does next is not about money.”
The sight of Bale at the Cardiff training ground on Wednesday had some fans saying he was about to complete his move to the Bluebirds.
But Cardiff shares facilities with the Football Association of Wales medical staff and it is understood that Bale was there for physical therapy.