South Korean international Heung-Min Son chose to join Bayer Leverkusen over Manchester United, according to his agent.
The 21-year-old joined the German club from fellow Bundesliga side Hamburg for €10million, believing Sami Hypia’s side the best step for his career at this stage.
Son had attracted his interest from Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, but his agent Thies Bliemeister revealed there were talks to take him to United.
“Manchester United were also interested in him,” Bliemeister told German newspaper Bild.
“We held talks. Manchester City also contacted HSV. The interest was a great honour for Son, but Leverkusen just made the best impression. And, as a transitional step, Bayer is ideal for his career.”
United, who face Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday next week, endured a difficult summer in the transfer market, missing out on players including , Thiago Alcantara, and Ander Herrera.
Bild also reported brother Martin – who worked as the club’s chief European scout – had been to watch Son on several occasions.