Manchester United failed in a bid to sign Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez this summer, according to a report in Spain.
Speaking on Onda Cero’s El Transistor (via Sport Witness) show journalist Fernando Burgos claimed United made a move to sign the 28-year-old Vazquez in pre-season.
However, per the source, the right winger turned down the opportunity to move to Old Trafford, preferring to fight for his place under Zinedine Zidane.
Apparently, Arsenal and Bayern Munich were also mentioned as summer suitors for Vazquez, who is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2021 and has a release clause of €150m.
The Gunners were linked with the Coruna-born attacker in the summer, but only last month a report from Spanish outlet El Desmarque stated that “Arsenal have made a bid for Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez ahead of the January transfer window”.
It’s unclear whether United’s interest, if correct, was prior to the arrival of winger Daniel James, who signed from Swansea for £15million on June 12.
United were looking for a right winger and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was intent on injecting his squad with youth and James, 22, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, both signed, along with Harry Maguire.
The United boss has since admitted he is open to adding experience to his squad, as he looks to add some depth with his men struggling in seventh place in the Premier League.
“There might be some experienced players who can come in and help the younger players – that might be worth the money,” said the Norwegian in October.
The success of James, who has scored three times and created three assists, has been one of few plus points for United and whether or not they are still monitoring Vazquez remains to be seen.
Vazquez has found himself out of favour at the Bernabeu, making just five starts this season, scoring once, although he has struggled with a calf problem.