Manchester United reportedly called off a loan deal for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale last summer due to their fears that he won’t be e able to overcome tormenting physical problems
After Zinedine Zidane deemed him surplus to requirements, Bale was close to joining Manchester United on a season-long loan last summer before the Red Devils pulled the plug on the deal.
But, after carrying out proper due diligence, the United recruitment team decided to pull back from negotiating table and reject Real’s proposal to pay the Welshman’s £500,000-a-week wages for a year.
The Premier League giants decided that the 30-year-old is not a gamble worth taking due to his reputation for injury-proneness.
And they were right, as the former Tottenham Hotspur man is enduring an injury-hit start to the season that necessarily affects his performance when on the pitch.
Often plagued by fitness issues, Bale has managed just two goals in seven appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions this season and is currently sidelined by a calf injury.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, United are unlikely to rekindle their interest in the left-footed forward in January, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer focused on snapping up young prospects, such as Jadon Sancho.
The 19-year-old winger has emerged as one of the hottest properties in Europe ever since replacing Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017.