Leander Dendoncker has claimed that he would have joined Manchester United had they paid his asking price in the summer.
The Anderlecht midfielder, who came through the club’s youth academy, was strongly linked with a switch to Old Trafford during the last transfer window – having featured twice against Jose Mourinho’s men in the Europa League semi-finals last season.
A £34million move never materialised, however, as the clubs could not agree a fee for the player who he admits he would have no hesitation in joining.
He told Belgian magazine Sport/Foot: “If it was as concrete as was being said, if they wanted me at all costs, I’d already be there.
“When you play for Anderlecht and you have the chance to go there, you don’t hesitate, but Anderlecht had their bit to say. Everyone had to agree.
“For a club to pay what they were asking for, the club needed to be concretely interested.
“If Anderlecht asked for a lot of money, it’s because they knew it would be difficult, and, at that time of the year, the price was over exaggerated.”
United boss Jose Mourinho opted to spend £40m on Nemanja Matic instead and it’s fair to say that that deal has worked out pretty well so far.