Manchester United turned their back on bringing Gareth Bale to the club on loan in the summer due to concerns over the Welshman’s injury record, according to a report.
Earlier claims in June said that the Red Devils were offered the chance to bring the Real Madrid winger to Old Trafford in a season-long deal due to the player’s relationship with Zinedine Zidane coming to a standstill.
According to The Mirror, United were happy to pay Bale’s £500,000 per week wages but were put off by concerns that the winger’s injury problems would continue in Manchester.
Bale is currently out with a calf issue that has seen him miss two games and his current injury follows the five that he suffered last term, including two adductor problems and ankle injuries.
The newspaper continues by saying that United employ private investigators to conduct checks on potential signings and that alarm bells started to ring when they looked at the player’s recent time on the sidelines.
The Mirror adds that United are unlikely to revisit a move for the 30-year-old unless he compromises and agrees to be paid whenever he plays a game rather than through a contract.
Saturday’s newspapers, however, reported that Madrid had offered Bale as part of a players-plus-cash offer for Paul Pogba.