Manchester United failed with a £26million bid for Juventus defender Merih Demiral before they signed Harry Maguire, according to a report.
Reports in July suggested that United had opened talks over the possibility of signing the Turkish international, who came through the youth ranks at Fenerbahce.
However, Demiral’s agent at the time ruled out a potential exit for the 21-year-old in an interview with Fiorentina News.
“Merih is happy and nobody wants to sell him now,” explained Cenk Melik Yazici. “Demiral will stay at Juventus and will not be sold either outright or on loan.”
Now Turkish outlet Sporx have claimed that United made a firm offer for the centre-back.
Juventus though rejected a £26million bid from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after only signing the defender in a £16m deal from Alanyaspor.
United apparently thought that the £68m capture of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax may have tempted Juventus into selling.
Solskjaer though was forced to look elsewhere with Juve seeing Demiral as the ideal partner for De Ligt next term with Giorgio Chiellini, 35, and 33-year-old Leonardo Bonucci’s careers winding down,
It led United to make a move for England defender Maguire and then ended up paying a record £80million for former Leicester centre-back.