Manchester United face frustration in their pursuit of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.
The Athletic reported that United not be entering the running for the Austrian after being made aware of the costs associated with the move.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to maintain a squad of balanced earnings as much as possible.
And that rules out of a move for Alaba – who is reported to have turned down a £200,000 per week contract offer from Bayern Munich.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are thought to be leading the race as Zinedine Zidane’s side are ready to provide the defender’s desired salary.
But Los Blancos woud have to wait until the summer to land Alaba on a free – with Bayern against letting him leave early in January.