Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is wary of bringing Gareth Bale to Manchester United from Real Madrid.
The Red Devils manager had the option to move for the Wales international superstar as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
United have been left frustrated in their pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund winger as a fee cannot be agreed.
Dortmund have held out for their £108m asking price, and United have had to look at other potential targets.
Bale’s availability and United’s long-standing interest in the 31-year-old made him a possible short-term solution.
However, it now appears Spurs are set to re-sign their former hero before the window shuts on October 5.
That will see Bale team up with ex-United boss Jose Mourinho in north London, and the reasons for Solskjaer’s hesitance over a move have emerged.
According to the London Evening Standard , Bale’s injury record and fitness woes was one issue that convinced Solskjaer not to pursue a loan deal.
Additionally, there were also concerns over his personal terms, with Bale currently earning around £500,000-a-week in Madrid.
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Spurs are set to cover half his salary with Real sorting the remaining £250k-a-week while he spends time on loan back in English football.
United were wary of the big figures involved, though, even with a transfer fee not being an issue.
In regards to Bale’s injury history, he has suffered various short-term problems throughout his career, especially in Spain.
Last season alone, Bale sustained calf, thigh and ankle injuries, while he has previously had adductor, hamstring, hip and other muscle problems over the past several years too.
So far, United have signed just Donny van de Beek in the summer transfer window.
A deal worth £38m was struck to bring the Dutch star to Manchester from Ajax, but Solskjaer needs more quality in attack with their first Premier League game of the season looming.
United host Crystal Palace on Saturday at 5.30pm.
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