Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘attracted’ to Gareth Bale and what he can offer Man Utd

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Gareth Bale’s experience in the Champions League could prove vital for his young Manchester United side.

The United boss is in the market for a winger in this window, with his pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, well publicised.

Sancho is Solskjaer’s number one target after a stunning campaign that saw him score 17 times and assist as many too.

However, negotiations over a deal to bring the England international to Old Trafford have hit an impasse – with United unwilling to match Dortmund’s valuation of the player.

It is understood the Germans have slapped an £108m price tag on the 20-year-old, a fee that United deem way too high in the current financial climate.

With less than a month remaining of the transfer window, unless Dortmund drastically drop their asking price, a transfer now looks unlikely.

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Solskjaer is keen to continue signing young players that will improve under his tutelage, but according to the BBC, he is willing to look at short-term options.

And the Sun report that Bale’s stunning record in Europe – winning the Champions League four times at Real Madrid – is a big attraction for the Red Devils boss.

United are back in Europe’s top competition this season, clinching a top-four place on the final day of the season.

Real Madrid are desperate to part ways with the Welshman, with claims in Spain suggesting they will pay a portion of his £600,000-per-week wages in order to strike a deal.

His future under Zinedine Zidane looks bleak, with an exit looking increasingly likely before the window is closed.

Bale himself has admitted that he would be open for a return to England’s top-flight, if the chance arises.

He said: "If those options arise, it is something I'd look at for sure. We'll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well.

"Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid's hands."

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