Man Utd rejected Gareth Bale transfer option because of two players
Tottenham are on the verge of re-signing Gareth Bale but Manchester United also had the option of capturing the Welshman and they turned it down for numerous reasons.
Zinedine Zidane cast the Welshman aside when Real returned to pre-season training.
The Welshman worked out away from the rest of the squad as his seven-year spell at the Bernabeu fizzled out.
United are unlikely to land their top transfer target Jadon Sancho before the October 5 deadline and they considered Bale as an alternative.
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They would have had the funds to pay a fraction of the 31-year-old’s £600,000-a-week salary, too, given Alexis Sanchez was offloaded to Inter Milan.
But Sky Sports News expert James Cooper believes United spent that money on improving Dean Henderson’s contract and are plotting a pay rise for Paul Pogba.
“It would have been nice, in terms of the calibre of the player, but there would also be Manchester United fans thinking, we got rid of one problem player in Alexis Sanchez, got rid of that salary which allowed us to bump up the likes of Dean Henderson,” Cooper told the Pitch to Post podcast.
“I think there will be a new contract in the pipeline for Paul Pogba because of that breathing space with Sanchez gone.
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“And there will be some United fans thinking we don’t need to do that again, we don’t need to spend big on a player that perhaps isn’t a number one player in terms of the Manchester United first team.
“It would have been interesting to see how it worked out but there is perhaps an argument to say Tottenham need Gareth Bale more than Manchester United do at the moment.”
Bale would certainly have been the blockbuster signing which United fans long for.
But he does not fit in with ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan of signing young players for the future.
“I think in previous summers he is someone who would have fitted the pedigree of United,” Cooper added.
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“When I talk about a plan B scenario with Jadon Sancho, [Bale] was someone they looked at. A loan deal would be difficult and interesting but it’s also where would he fit on the pitch?
“Ostensibly he’s a left-sided player. There’s not a problem there because Marcus Rashford is playing on the left. And, with the greatest respect to Gareth Bale and everything he’s won, they’re at different stages of their career. It would be a brave person that took Marcus Rashford out from the left spot and put Bale there.
“Equally Bale could play in the 10 but they don’t need that, they have the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek, and even Paul Pogba.
“There is an argument he could play on the right, where they need him, but that isn’t getting the best out of Bale.”
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