According to Mundo Deportivo, a £130m offer from Manchester United for attacker Ansu Fati was knocked back by Barcelona last summer.
With the La Liga giants in financial distress, the Red Devils hoped to test the waters with a mammoth bid for the prized asset. However, Blaugrana were nowhere close to sanctioning a sale for their sensation.
Ansu has broken into the senior team at the club and has been on an upward development curve since. Fati is currently one of the brightest and best young talents in world football.
Not only did Blaugrana turn down bids for Fati, but the club also had to knock back offers for starlets Francisco Trincao and Pedri.
Bayern Munich were supposedly after the Spaniard. There was a substantial proposal for Pedri as well according to his agent.
The trio have been considered as important players in the long-term, hence any offers for them have been put away by the Catalan side despite their need to balance the books.
Barcelona have become regulars under the Dutch tactician Ronald Koeman but Fati has been out with injury for some time now.
Koeman has spoken about Ansu, insisting that the Spain international had a bright future in front of him and Fati needs to recover at his own pace. He is expected to play for his county in the Euros this year.
The Red Devils had briefly turned their attention towards the Barcelona ace last summer, with the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho failing.
Having failed in their attempts to land the Spaniard, it remains to be seen if United go back for him in the upcoming summer again.
Manchester United are allegedly eyeing a shock £17 million move for young Greek striker Christos Tzolis.
Sportime reports the 19-year-old PAOK star has caught the Red Devils’ attention after scoring 16 goals in 34 matches in this campaign.
He can play up front or on the flank and also netted 19 times in 23 outings for PAOK’S Under-19s last season.
He’s now attracting interest from across the continent, with the 20-time English champions leading the chase.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown he is a big fan of bringing through top youngsters, with the likes of Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford playing leading roles for the Red Devils.
Amad Diallo was a big-money signing from Atalanta last month and teens including Hannibal Mejbri have also been promoted to the first squad.
Tzolis would provide the Manchester-based heavyweights with another exciting option in the attack.
And Christos could even be a possible long-term replacement for Edinson Cavani. However, the Old Trafford side are not alone in their interest.
Borussia Dortmund are equally interested in Tzolis and also have a great track record with youth.
They turned Jadon Sancho into one of his country’s top internationals, with the winger also heavily linked with United.
And Die Burussen also managed to beat United to Jude Bellingham last summer – as well as the Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland a year ago.
Dutch side PSV Eindhoven are also keen on landing Tzolis, who has one goal in four games for the Greek national team.
PAOK are allegedly happy to sell him for £17 million this summer transfer market and it now remains to be seen where Christos ends up.
Manchester United could allegedly allow out-of-favor Axel Tuanzebe to quit the club on loan next season.
The 23-year-old star has made 13 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit during the 2020-21 term, including six in the Premier League, but Axel is down the pecking order when it comes to the centre-half positions.
Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are all currently ahead of the English star, and the 20-times English champions are widely thought to be in the market for a new centre-back during this summer’s transfer window.
According to a report by ESPN, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team sign a new defender in the upcoming market then Axel could be allowed to leave United on loan.
The former England U21s international, who has previously spent time on loan at Aston Villa, has a deal at Old Trafford until June 2022, with the option of a further one year.
In other news, Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate, who will have a €45 million (£39m) release clause in his deal during this summer’s transfer window.
According to Bild, the Red Devils are considering an approach for the 21-year-old talent. He has only just returned to action following an ankle injury, which kept Koante out from the middle of December to the start of February.
United had been strongly mentioned with Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but Konate’s fellow countryman has agreed to join Bayern Munich after the German giants activated his release clause.