Bale has long-been linked with a move to Old Trafford if he ever quits Real Madrid to head back to the Premier League.
But today’s edition of the Sunday People reports that while Bale has admirers at Manchester United, his injury record is a nagging issue.
The 30-year-old has spent almost 12 months on the sidelines with a variety of injuries since joining Real in a then-world-record £85m transfer back in 2013.
Ed Woodward and co. see taking him on as a huge gamble, particularly given the potential cost involved of getting him on board.
Real Madrid are believed to have stopped Bale swapping La Liga for the Chinese Super League over the summer because they were holding out for a fee.
And the cost of snapping him up, along with the minimum £500,000-a-week wages he commands, mean a deal just doesn’t make sense for United.
United have therefore decided they will only offer Bale a route away from the Bernabeu if his market value drops substantially.
They would also want Bale to sign a contract which would only see him get paid when he pulls on the club’s famous red shirt.
United’s stance on Bale comes after they had their fingers burnt by Alexis Sanchez’s dismal spell at Old Trafford.
The Chilean has been farmed out on loan to Inter Milan this season after failing to live up to his status as the club’s best-paid player, on more than £400,000 a week.
United’s cultural reboot under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has seen the Red Devils shy away from experienced big names to target young, hungry players.
And, at the age of 30, Bale would fail to fit the criteria as United seek to build a team capable of taking them back to the top table of European football.
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