Manchester United lost out to Manchester City’s convincing project in the race to sign Valencia winger Ferran Torres, according to a report.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign another attacking wide player to add more firepower to his ranks.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is the club’s top target, although that deal looks to have hit a fatal buffer.
Reports have linked several other names – including Federico Chiesa and Douglas Costa – with a move to Old Trafford.
According to AS (via Sport Witness), however, Torres was another firm target for the Red Devils.
The source says United had opened talks with Valencia, aware that they could exploit the player’s contractual situation.
Valencia needed to sell up and the fact Torres was entering the final year of his contract made a departure more likely.
What’s more, United were aware the Spaniard would be a cheaper alternative than £108million-rated Sancho.
However, upon opening talks, Valencia told Old Trafford officials they had received a more convincing package from City.
What’s more, Torres himself felt more convinced by a move to the Etihad Stadium.
TORRES A KEY CITY ACQUISITION
Torres was a key signing for City, who lost Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich shortly before the Spaniard’s arrival.
As such, he is likely to be a regular feature as City look to reclaim the Premier League title from Liverpool.
Indeed, boss Pep Guardiola will have Sergio Aguero back before long, as well as the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez.
City have also bolstered in defence, bringing in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41million.
MAN UTD FACE INJURY CONCERNS
City and United kick off their respective Premier League campaigns in the coming days.
Solskjaer’s men host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, while City face Wolves on Monday.
United, though, reportedly have 11 fitness and injury concerns to deal with before Saturday.