Manchester United came very close to signing Nathaniel Clyne before opting for Matteo Darmian, according to ESPN’s Miguel Delaney.
In a report today he suggests that there were many people at Old Trafford who were convinced the now-Liverpool right-back was going to sign for United instead this summer, but that Southampton proved far harder to negotiate with than previously anticipated.
As a result Louis van Gaal made an executive decision after the opening of the summer transfer window, electing to focus the club’s efforts on capturing Italy international Darmian instead.
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Of course following that move Liverpool ended up signing Clyne, but there’s few United fans who will grumble given how bright a spark Darmian appears to be.
The only benefit Clyne would have added is that he is a home-grown English player, although the Red Devils aren’t facing any looming disaster on that front.
Good United business
Indeed Van Gaal’s business so far this summer appears to have been extremely shrewd. He may have spent lavishly to bring top names to Old Trafford, but those who have arrived have all added something to his squad, whether that be experience or just raw talent.
As for Clyne, he has an opportunity to make a name for himself as Liverpool’s new right-back moving forward.
Glen Johnson’s departure this summer, coupled with Rodgers’ decision to cut short Javier Manquillo’s loan spell, means that the berth on the right hand side of the defence is void of much competition.
The fact that Jon Flanagan is battling injury leaves just Clyne and Emre Can, with the latter sure to move into a central position when given the chance.
United fans, are you glad Van Gaal opted for Darmian ahead of Clyne? Let us know in the comments box below.