Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has denied rumours that the Real Madrid forward and his family were behind the collapse of his move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.Jiangsu were believed to be close to securing the Welshman’s signature after offering him a deal worth around £1 million a week.However, reports over the weekend claimed that Real Madrid had put a stop to the move as they did not want him to leave on a free transfer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Further reports from Spain on Sunday then claimed that it was actually Bale and his family who had blocked the deal as they were reluctant to move to the Far East, instead urging his agent to find an alternative club in Europe.Those suggestions have been swiftly denied by Barnett, who told Sky Sports, “Any stories suggesting that Gareth or his family were the reason the deal did not take place are completely false.”Any chance of the transfer being revived were seemingly ended on Monday when Jiangsu announced the signing of Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to reach their quota of foreign players.Chinese Super League regulations limit the number of overseas-born players to four.Jiangsu are unlikely to sell any of their existing foreign players to create a space for Bale, particularly with the Chinese transfer window closing on Wednesday.As a result, Bale now faces an uncertain future with Real manager Zinedine Zidane having made it clear that the former Tottenham man is not in his plans and his agent indicating that there are no other offers on the table.Real have found it hard to offload the forward, who has three years left on his contract, as few clubs are willing to match his wages.Los Blancos are also looking to receive a fee for the former Southampton player as they look to recoup some cash following a significant summer outlay on the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.Despite the uncertainty Bale has been included in Zidane’s squad for pre-season and may yet force his way into the Frenchman’s plans following a serious injury suffered by fellow forward Marco Asensio.
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NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday.Jabil Inc., up $1.52 to $32.85The electronics manufacturer beat Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter profit expectations and gave investors a solid forecast.BlackBerry Ltd., down $1.70 to $5.81The cybersecurity software and services company trimmed its revenue forecast for the fiscal year.Halliburton Co., down $1.12 to $19.49Shares in the oilfield services company and its peers were weighed down by falling crude oil prices.AutoZone Inc., down $50.63 to $1,096.63The auto parts retailer’s fiscal fourth quarter sales fell shy of Wall Street forecasts.NIO Inc., down 55 cents to $2.17The China-based electric car maker issued a disappointing second quarter financial report and said it will cut jobs.Facebook Inc., down $5.54 to $181.28The social media company is buying CTRL Labs, which is developing software to help people control computers with their thoughts.Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., up 3 cents to $125.46The company launched a financial asset servicing product on Amazon Web Services.Citigroup Inc., down $1.65 to $67.90The bank and its peers saw their stocks fall along with sliding bond yields, which they rely on to set interest rates on loans.The Associated Press