According to Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United made an attempt to sign Benjamin Pavard during the recent transfer window.
The Frenchman eventually moved to Inter Milan from Bayern Munich during the summer.
Prior to joining the Nerazurris, Pavard was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with interest mutual on both sides.
Speaking to The United Stand, Fabrizio Romano has explained how close a move came, before being ultimately ended by Harry Maguire‘s decision to stay at the club.
Romano said: “Pavard wanted to come to Manchester United. The deal was almost done on the player’s side, and was advanced on club side.
“Manchester United were prepared to pay what Inter paid for pavard, something in the region of 30-32 million Euros. So to put the money from Harry Maguire on Benjamin Pavard, they could change their defence, but the deal did not happen because of the Maguire situation.”
Pavard who can play at both centre-back and right-back was an attractive target for the club due to his versatility and experience.
However, the club opted to sign free agent Jonny Evans after missing out on the France international.