Manchester United have missed out on Gabriel Magalhaes, with the Brazilian on the verge of leaving Lille for Arsenal this transfer window instead. And he’s now the fourth player to reject a move to Old Trafford in favour of the Emirates. Express Sport will now take a look at the quartet who could have been Red Devils players instead.
Manchester United left it late to try and steal Gabriel Magalhaes from under the noses of Arsenal, telling him to delay a move to north London.
But that didn’t work out and the Brazilian is now set to join Arsenal in a £27million deal instead.
It was reported that United offered Gabriel a substantial contract in order to entice him into moving to Old Trafford.
But the defender has now chosen Arsenal and is poised to become a regular under Mikel Arteta in the heart of their defence.
The player was in London Colney on Monday and is expected to rubber-stamp his move to the Emirates imminently.
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Last year, Arsenal announced the signing of William Saliba from St-Etienne.
He was then loaned back to the Ligue 1 side to further his development and, now, he’s finally ready to feature for his new side.
However, things could have worked out differently. United were interested in the centre-back and Saliba, for his part, was ‘flattered’ by their interest.
Yet as a boyhood Arsenal fan, Saliba opted to move to north London instead of Old Trafford.
And he was ‘focused’ on Arsenal given the Gunners had long had interest in him and offered him something more concrete than their rivals.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to sign Jadon Sancho 12 months ago, only for his side’s failure to secure Champions League qualification to count against them.
As a result, the United boss mulled over signing Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
The Ivory Coast international had flourished in Ligue 1 and, with United wanting a right winger, thought about signing him.
But, with Lille demanding £72m, the Red Devils chose to walk away from a deal.
That left Arsenal with a free path to Pepe but, though he’s had some good moments for the Gunners, his signing hasn’t worked out so far.
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Back in 2013, David Moyes tried to lure Mesut Ozil to United.
But he left it too late on transfer deadline day with the Germany international already giving Arsenal his word that he’d join.
Ozil was one of the best playmakers in the world at the time, having impressed at Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho.
However, after the La Liga giants signed Gareth Bale, he was deemed surplus to requirements.
Arsenal want to get rid of Ozil now but that will be easier said than done due to his huge £350,000-a-week wages.
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