Manchester United failed in their move to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby this summer, according to reports in Germany.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to strengthen his options in attack but United were unable to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund for their top target Jadon Sancho.
United did end up signing 18-year-old Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo, although the Ivorian will not move from Atalanta to Old Trafford until January.
But according to Sport Bild, United were also in the market for Leverkusen winger Diaby and wanted to agree a deal this summer.
The report claims that United were willing to pay up to €50 million (£45m) for the 21-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Manchester City.
But Leverkusen rejected United’s approach and are now looking to extend Diaby’s contract.
‘It wasn’t just Kai Havertz this summer,’ said Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller.
‘We had three or four other players who were the focus of foreign clubs. One of them was Moussa Diaby.’
The 21-year-old, who came through Paris Saint-Germain’s academy, joined the German club last year and currently respresents France at Under-21 level.