Renato Sanches has confirmed he turned down a Manchester United offer before signing with Bayern Munich.
The highly regarded Portuguese midfielder was allegedly one of Man United’s leading summer targets and was watched over 20 times during the campaign.
Bayern moved quicker and closed the initial deal worth €35 million (£27.6 million) and his medical at Bayern came as a big surprise to United fans, who thought they were favourites to land his services this summer.
Speaking about links with United, he insists he had other offers to take into consideration too.
“Everyone know they made an offer, but I had others as well,” he said.
“They’ve a 65,000 stadium and atmosphere similar to Benfica. I’ll win titles.”
He will play at the Allianz Arena from the start of the 2016/17 season and become the fourth most-expensive teenage signing in the history of world football, but given the links of Jose Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes with Ed woodward, many united fans expected him to sign a contract at Old Trafford.
United chiefs may try to pin the blame on Louis van Gaal, suggesting he pulled the plug on their chase for the youngster, but their extensive scouting proves the belief that he was at the top of Woodward’s list for this summer transfer window.
Like a number of targets during Woodward’s reign at Old Trafford, Sanches has slipped through their fingers and decided to commit his long-term future elsewhere. Mats Hummels also signed on the same day and United should be taking notes on how to conduct business as Sanches joins the names of players the club have missed with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas.