Bayern Munich have confirmed that they tried to sign Manchester United winger Nani in the summer.
The Bundesliga giants' chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed how the club were interested in bringing the Portuguese winger to Germany, but the reigning Barclays Premier League champions priced him out of a move.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently praised Nani for his contribution to the team, saying that the 25-year-old is now starting to fulfill the potential that caused United to pay €25million to bring him to Old Trafford in 2007.
"Nani has always had potential," he said. "Some of those who come to our club from abroad do it quickly, others gradually grow into it. Nani is one of those.
"Even Cristiano took two or three years to get the maturity in his game, [and] that is what we are seeing with Nani now.
"The goals have been fine but his assists are very high [and] he is progressing really well."
Having made an impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign, Nani and Manchester United seem to be going from strength to strength - but it could have been different had the club negotiated a deal with Munich.
"We had an interest in Nani," confirmed Rummenigge. "But unfortunately the price went up and up, so he was too expensive."