The reason why Xherdan Shaqiri moved to Liverpool from Stoke this summer instead of to Manchester United has been revealed.
The Swiss was said to be the subject of interest for Jose Mourinho who sought to invest in the right-wing position.
United seemingly couldn’t get first choice targets Gareth Bale or Ivan Perisic and so Shaqiri was thought to be a cheap alternative.
Stoke were relegated following the conclusion of the last season meaning their stars could be acquired for cheaper than usual prices.
Nonetheless, Mourinho didn’t end up signing the winger and he instead completed a swift move to the club’s fierce rivals instead.
According to Manchester Evening News, Blick report the Red Devils lost out on Xherdan due to Liverpool acting quicker to secure his signature.
It’s a report that makes more sense than those that claimed he hoped to work with Jurgen Klopp and didn’t like Old Trafford.
United had stalled on making any serious moves for signings after bringing in the likes of Fred, Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot.
The board seemingly got in the way of Jose’s targets and didn’t appear to want to spend any more money until they saw some positives this season.