Manchester United tried to sign Mats Hummels before he decided to return to his former club, Borussia Dortmund, a report says.
According to Daily Mail, the defender snubbed United despite being offered a more lucrative deal than Dortmund.
German publication, Bild, said the 30-yerar-old rejected United offer because the Old Trafford side would not be playing in the Champions League next season.
The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be playing in the Europa League, having finished sixth in the Premier League in the last campaign. The situation is said to be standing as an obstacle to attract big players to the team.
United are close to agreeing a £60 million deal for Crystal Palace right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and could also sign a centre-back before the new season gets underway.
Hummels, who has won 74 caps with Germany, returned to the Signal Iduna Park last week for £34 million from Bayern Munich.
Bild report that “sporting reasons” were behind Hummels’ decision, saying the former Germany international believes playing in the Champions League is more attractive than what United would offer him.
It means United will have to turn their attention to other targets, such as Leicester City’s Harry Maguire or Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli.