On-loan Benfica defender Guilherme Siqueira missed out on the chance to join Real Madrid, after Manchester United pulled the plug on a deal for Fabio Coentrao, according to Granada sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero.
The 27-year-old Brazilian came very close to a dream switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, only for the Spanish giants to cancel the move at the final hour.
Red Devils boss David Moyes was heavily linked with Portuguese international Coentrao during the summer, as he looked to bring in a viable alternative to current first-choice left-back Patrice Evra at Old Trafford.
Carlo Ancelotti had already lined up Siqueira to fill the void that would be left by the Real Madrid star, but the deal fell through when it emerged that the 25-year-old would be staying in the Spanish capital.
"For half an hour there was a contract signed with Real Madrid,” Cordero told AS. “But it was not registered because of the transfer of Coentrão to Manchester United never happened.
“Both Siqueira and Granada know the transfer was very nearly done. It was a loan with an option to buy. It was for over €1 million. Maybe in the future it can be done."
After the Real Madrid move fell through on the final day of the summer transfer window, Siqueira's representatives negotiated a temporary transfer to Portugal's Primeira Liga, where he has gone on to impress at Estadio da Luz.
“Siqueira is a great player and remains contracted to Granada," added the Granada chief.
“Benfica have the option to buy for €8 million but he has two more years on his contract with us.”