Manchester United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward reportedly blocked a € 20 m (£18.13 m) offer for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland in January.
At the turn of the year, the Red Devils lost to the Norwegian international in Dortmund, with the BVB first finding an agreement with the player and then the Red Bull Salzburg club.
ESPN maintains that United had a movie as good as it had been done, though, only to withdraw its interest when it learned of the agent fees that would be involved.
Haaland’s team also insisted on including a release clause in the deal, which Woodward was supposedly reluctant to consider. This allowed Dortmund to sneak up, a German club with a price of € 20 million, and an agreement on the €75 million clauses, which can not be exercised until 2022.
It turned out to be a smart deal, as Haaland had scored 21 goals in 23 appearances for Lucien Favre’s side.