Manchester United held negotiations to sign Ferran Torres from La Liga club Valencia, but the Spaniard chose a switch to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City instead, according to the latest reports in Spain.
City confirmed the capture of Ferran last May, but the gifted winger had interest from rival PL clubs.
Spanish outlet AS claim United held early negotiations with Torres after identifying the 20-year-old ace as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
The club knew from the start of the transfer window that prizing Jadon away from Borussia Dortmund would be a big ask and Ferran represented an excellent alternative at an affordable price.
With just a year left on his contract at Valencia, City were able to snap Ferran up for just £20.8 million and tie him down to a five-year contract.
United had a similar offer in mind and moved early for the attacker, but Torres was ultimately more convinced by the project presented to him by the Citizens, rather than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s.
Ferran admitted when he joined City that the prospect of playing under Pep was a massive draw for him.
The talented youngster said: ‘I am so happy to be joining City. Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.
‘Pep (Guardiola) encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.
‘City have won plenty of trophies in the last ten years and I hope I can play a role in continuing that success.’