Next Tuesday when Manchester United face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, they will come up against a player it has been revealed they were interested in signing.
Perhaps because he saw his fellow Asian starlet Shinji Kagawa wallowing on the bench at Old Trafford, South Korean ace, Son Min-Heung, passed up the opportunity to join him.
21-year-old speed merchant Son has been long been considered one of European club football’s most exciting prospects, and his former club Hamburg were loath to lose him.
While he remains a raw talent, Son is tipped to star at the highest level in the future, and his agent, Thies Bliemeister, says that the Red Devils moved to sign him.
The agent claims that Martin Ferguson, the brother of ex-United manager Alex and the club’s former chief European scout, held talks with Son’s representatives over a potential move to Old Trafford.
But the player opted to join Leverkusen in an €11 million move instead.
“Manchester United were also interested in him,” Bliemeister said.
“We also held talks. Manchester also contacted HSV. The interest was a great honour for Son, but Leverkusen just made the best impression. And, as a transitional step, Bayer is ideal for his career.”