German newspaper Bild reports that United manager David Moyes made an offer for the highly-rated 21-year-old, but was knocked back as the former Hamburg man opted to stay in the Bundesliga claiming Leverkusen had made the “best impression”.
The striker’s agent Thies Bliemeister has confirmed that the forward rejected a move to Old Trafford, as Leverkusen were able to make more of an impact than the Premier League champions.
“Even United wanted Sonny. Manchester United were very interested in him. We had already held talks. Stories saying a deal between Hamburg and Manchester were reported,” his agent said.
‘The interest [from Manchester United] was a great honor for Son. But Leverkusen has simply made the best impression. And as an intermediate step, Bayer is ideal for his career now.”
Both David Moyes and new chief executive Ed Woodward have come in for fierce criticism following their transfer business this summer.
United supporters were left frustrated on deadline day, with Maraoune Fellaini the only player to join the champions, after moves for the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thaigo Alcantara and Leighton Baines all fell through.
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