A couple of months ago, Manchester United were seemingly on the verge of completing a deal for Portuguese wonderkid Renato Sanches.
Even before the arrival of Jose Mourinho, it seemed United had lined up a massive deal for one of the hottest properties in world football. However, out of nowhere, Bayern Munich stole in and captured the 18-year-old.
If United supporters weren’t annoyed that they had missed out on signing Sanches before Euro 2016, they would have been furious after the summer’s tournament.
Sanches showed exactly why the Bundesliga giants paid a potential £67million for him with impressive performances which helped his nation lift the Henri Delaunay trophy in France.
But, to makes matter even worse, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has now revealed how they managed to beat United to sign him.
“We won [the race] for his signature because the others had just planned their holidays,” he said, per The Sun.
Of course, United fans are going to be angry after discovering that Ed Woodward and co. were too busy “planning their holidays” to get the Sanches deal over the line.
However, it seems as though Woodward has made amends this summer. Not only has he helped appoint Jose Mourinho, but the club have also signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - not to mention the fact that they’re about to smash the world record transfer fee for Paul Pogba.
While United chiefs may have had a pretty successful transfer window since, there’s no doubting that they’ve missed out on an incredible talent in Sanches.
Well worth the money
And Rummenigge insists that he, and new manager Carlo Ancelotti, had no regrets about the massive fee they paid for the teenager.
“This is a tremendous amount of money, something we do not need to discuss, but I sat down with Carlo Ancelotti in March and we agreed: this player is worth the risk,” he said.
“At the European Championship, it has already been seen what tremendous power he brings, and what a personality he is on the pitch at 18. That’s impressive.
“When Renato Sanches became known at the European Championships, he had already signed with us.”