Solskjaer responds transfer links of 29-year-old La Liga superstar to Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to comment on Gareth Bale being linked with a move to Manchester United but admits the club should be targeting ‘quality players’.

Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid this week has sparked new rumours that Bale’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu will finish at the end of the season.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been a long-time admirer of Bale, although any potential deal for the 29-year-old would be expensive.

Solskjaer, meanwhile, admits United need to consider many factors before committing to a signing a player. ‘I can’t really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they’re property of other clubs,’ said Solskjaer.

‘But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team. ‘There’s so many factors you need to think about when you sign players.

‘It’s not easy, I don’t know if it’s easy either, when you’re in the media or when you’re a supporter, you can think short-term. We’ve got to think about the longevity as well, who’s going to fit in personality-wise. ‘So, there’s so many things that we need to think about.’