Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus but were turned off by his price-tag, according to a report by ESPN.
The Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of 19-year-old Anthony Martial in the coming hour or two in a deal that will make him the most expensive teenager of all time.
The figure most commonly being floated around for Martial is £36 million, an astonishing fee given that he’s only scored 15 goals in his senior club career.
United badly need attacking reinforcements and Louis van Gaal eyed other targets ahead of today’s 6pm transfer deadline.
Football fans were rather baffled that the club allowed Adnan Januzaj to leave on a season-long loan to Borussia Dortmund, but it appears as though that was to strengthen a negotiating position. The player United wanted in exchange was Marco Reus.
But apparently they were scared off by Dortmund’s valuation of the player, £60 million. United would only go as high as £50 million.
It sounds a little strange that United wouldn’t cough up an extra £10m, especially seeing as they’re dying to bring in a world class proven forward.
Silly figures have been bandied about in rumours about United’s extravagant offers for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Barcelona’s Neymar.
For £60m they could have brought in a forward who has scored six goals in six games this season and who scored 53 in his previous 122 games.