Manchester United were ready to launch a €20 million bid for Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski over the summer after holding talks with his representatives, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
The Polish striker has attracted interest from the Premier League in recent months thanks to his fine performances in helping Dortmund win back to back Bundesliga titles, while so far this season he has bagged seven league goals.
Lewandowski also impressed at Euro 2012 for his country on home soil, with Manchester United heavily linked with a move for the in-form striker.
According to Balague, Manchester United's interest in Lewandowski was concrete and the Red Devils planned a €20 million bid for him over the summer - although they eventually opted to make a move for Robin van Persie, who joined the Old Trafford side from Arsenal for around £23 million in August.
Sir Alex Ferguson's representatives from Manchester United also met with Lewandowski's agent to discuss a switch to Old Trafford.
Lewandowski is under contract with Dortmund until 2014 but is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, and has recently stalled on agreeing a new deal with the German champions. Previously Dortmund have been adamant that they will not be forced to sell up, although their stance may change if Lewandowski continues to refuse the offer of a new deal.
Shinji Kagawa made a similar transfer from Dortmund to Manchester over the summer, forcing the German side's hand after he refused to extend his deal, something they are keen to avoid happening with Lewandowski.
Despite reports of their interest, Manchester United appear well-stocked in the forward department. Van Persie has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, while Javier Hernandez is in excellent goal-scoring form. Along with Wayne Rooney, United also have Danny Welbeck on their books.