Manchester United’s scatter-gun approach to the summer transfer market was highlighted by their pursuit of a second left-back on deadline day.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had identified a need to recruit an experienced alternative to Luke Shaw, whose injury problems last season afforded teenager Brandom Williams to stake a claim for a regular first team spot.
United targeted Porto’s Alex Telles in the final stages of the window and eventually tempted Porto into selling the Brazil international after initially appeared as if they would have to settle for agreeing a pre-contract agreement with the 27-year-old.
Telles’s signing was ultimately confirmed on Monday after a 13.6million fee was agreed with the Portuguese club, but United also contacted Borussia Dortmund and proposed a loan deal for Nico Schulz.
The German club had spent the majority of the summer fending off questions about Jadon Sancho’s future after United tempted them into selling their prize asset for below their £108m asking price.
According to ESPN, Dortmund were left ‘baffled’ by United’s interest in Schulz and questioned the credentials of United’s scouting network and their entire transfer strategy after attempting to land a player who has struggled to impress since his move from Hoffenheim last summer.
Despite not being a first team regular, Dortmund rejected United’s offer, given Schulz is likely to feature regularly of the course of a busy season both on the domestic and European front.