Manchester United reportedly decided against making a move to sign Dayot Upamecano – because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a left-footed centre-back instead.
The 22-year-old RB Leipzig defender will join Bayern Munich in the summer following months of speculation over his future after the German giants activated his £37m release clause.
Upamecano’s impressive performances over the last few seasons have seen a number of elite clubs around Europe express an interest.
But according to ESPN they ultimately passed up on the opportunity to sign Upamecano due to Solskjaer’s preference for a left-footed player to be prioritised in order to add balance to the team.
United look almost certain to strengthen at the back in the summer, with the side lacking strength in depth in the position.
Beyond the first-choice pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof United only have the injury-prone Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe to choose from.
And there is a general feeling within the United camp that they need at least one more quality addition to the back-line if they are to challenge for major honours.
Solskjaer’s desire for a left-footed defender is no secret, and he was alleged to have said as much in a discussion with the then-Bournemouth player Nathan Ake in July.
Following a 5-2 win for his side Solskjaer was believed to have said to Ake: “Good luck. We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going.”
In the end, however, the Dutchman joined their rivals Manchester City, and it remains to be seen who United decide to target at the end of the season.
The likes of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Ben White of Brighton and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings have been touted as potential options.