Manchester United are eyeing a loan move for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale (Picture: Getty)Rene Meulensteen believes Manchester United would be taking a big ‘risk’ if they signed injury-prone Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer.
Zinedine Zidane is determined to offload Bale and his £480,000-a-week wages after alienating the 29-year-old from Madrid’s first-team towards the end of the season.
Reports suggest United are willing to pay Bale’s enormous wage packet, but Madrid’s £75million asking price for the Welshman is putting the Red Devils off a potential permanent move.
However, United are exploring the idea of taking Bale on loan next season with a view to including a one-year extension in any deal.
While Meulensteen is confident that a fully fit Bale could be a ‘really good asset’ for United, he believes the attacker’s persistent injury problems remain a major concern.
‘You would obviously talk about bringing in a high-profile player in, but is Gareth Bale still at his best?’ United’s former first-team coach told talkSPORT.
‘We all know he’s had his fair share of injuries, so it’s always a risk.
Bale has become a peripheral figure at Madrid under Zidane (Picture: Getty)‘But, on the other hand, a top notch Gareth Bale is a really good asset for Manchester United.
‘He brings power, he brings pace and he can create and score goals.
‘It’s a bit difficult to see where he is at the moment, though.’
United suffered a dismal end to the campaign under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told United that he only wants players with the right ‘work ethic’ to join the club in the summer transfer window.
‘We’ve tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people. In my view, the best players have always been the best people,’ the Norwegian said.
‘You have to have that value system and a certain kind of attitude about you to make a Man United player.
‘You have got to have the qualities and our fans want to see exciting players. Of course we want to get up from our seats.
‘We want to see defenders who defend like they’re doing it for their lives – that’s the most important thing.
‘When we start games [against big clubs], our fans clap a striker making a tackle. It’s always been in our culture.
‘You have to have that work ethic and we’re scouting the market, trying to find the right ones.’
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