Manchester United had two main transfer targets before signing their alternative option of Alexis Sanchez, according to one agent.
German Tkachenko says United were interested in his client, Russian striker Fyodor Smolov, but instead signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018.
Tkachenko, speaking to Russian YouTube channel KraSawa via Sport Witness claimed Manchester United were chasing two main transfer targets, but were also interested in Smolov.
However, a deal never materialised for either of their top targets or Smolov and the 29-year-old eventually signed for Lokomotiv Moscow, with United opting for the short-fix of Sanchez.
Tkachenko said: “When we were dealing with the transfer, Manchester United emerged as a surprise option and their interest was real.
“They were looking for a striker and they had two main targets in Paulo Dybala and Antoine Griezmann. They were seeing us as an alternative option.
“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.”
Tkachenko also claimed his client, who is under contract until June 2022 in Moscow, was also interesting West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund following his performances at the World Cup in Russia.