Manchester United explored the possibility of securing the services of a host of attacking players and enquired about German playmaker Kai Havertz only for Frank Lampard’s side to blow them out of the water, according to reports.
The 20-times English champions endured a largely frustrating transfer window despite a late deadline-day flurry adding Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles of activity, having spent most of the summer trying to lure Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund were always adamant that the former Man City forward would not be allowed to depart after their self-imposed deadline back in August, with the Red Devils belatedly giving up their pursuit just before the window closed.
Instead, they brought in veteran free agent Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles from Porto and highly-rated young attacker Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.
United had been strongly linked with a loan deal for Barcelona’s winger Ousmane Dembele too, though the move never materialised, and the Frenchman was one of top alternatives for Sancho.
According to The Athletic, The Red Devils had been keeping a watchful eye on German playmaker Kai Havertz when he was at Bayer Leverkusen and first made deal with the German team back in January.
However, they were quoted a mammoth fee of €100million (£90.8m) and decided not to follow-up with an offer, giving the Blues a free run at the German midfielder.
The west London club swooped in and ultimately agreed an initial £72m deal for Kai Havertz, though the transfer could rise by a further £18m with add-ons.