Woodward backs Solskjaer as Man Utd ditch Bale and target duo

Date published: Thursday 13th June 2019 10:33

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Manchester United will reportedly not pursue a move for Gareth Bale this summer after Ed Woodward sided with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and agreed to pursue younger targets this summer.

Both ESPN and the London Evening Standard report that United have decided against making a move for Gareth Bale this summer.

Woodward is a long-time admirer of the 29-year-old Wales star and he has been on United’s radar for several years but United’s executive vice-chairman has discarded his dream to see Bale in the red shirt of United and instead he is backing Solskjaer’s drive to recruit young talent.

United have already added Dan James, 21, to their squad and adding Bale, who will be 30 next month does not appeal to the United hierarchy.

The Times reports that “a few clubs have registered their interest but did not appeal to Bale”.

New Real boss Zinedine Zidane is trying to offload Bale, who has three years to run on a contract that is worth around £600,000 a week.

Zidane dropped Bale from the last three matches of the LaLiga season and the Times claim neither Zidane or the Madrid hierarchy have spoken to Bale or his agent since the end of the season.

Furthermore, there are no talks are planned with bale or his agent Jonathan Barnett and Madrid are apparently resigned to him returning for pre-season next month where he will find new recruits Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo all ahead of him in the pecking order.

As far as United’s attacking targets are concerned the Daily Mirror claims United scouts have been regulars in France in recent months with Nicolas Pepe and Moussa Dembele both on their radar.

Ivory Coast international Pepe is set to leave Lille, but the Ligue 1 side are looking to get into a public auction to raise the price of the forward.

Former Celtic striker Dembele, who is now at Lyon, is seen s a direct replacement for Lukaku, should the Belgian depart for Inter Milan.

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