- Both Paulo Dybala and Antoine Griezmann snubbed United in January 2018.
- Russian striker Fedor Smolov emerged as an alternative to the duo back then, says his agent German Tkachenko.
- Every aspect of Smolov's move to Old Trafford was agreed but the Red Devils opted for Alex Sanchez instead.
“When we were dealing with the transfer, Manchester United emerged as a surprise option and their interest was real,” Tkachenko said, as quoted by Sport Witness.
“When it was clear both players wouldn’t be joining them, we brought him onto the scene. We discussed the wages, agency fees, advertising and other details. Everything was ready but United took Alexis and our move fell through.”
Smolov's hat-trick for Krasnodar vs FC Ural in 2016: