Manchester United decided against interfering in Union Berlin’s move to sign Josip Juranovic from Celtic, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Croatian defender sealed his £10m switch to the Bundesliga at the weekend, but Romano claims that United would have made an offer of their own if they had decided to offload Aaron Wan-Bissaka:
“I’m told that he was one of the secret options of Manchester United in case they found a solution for Wan-Bissaka. But then they decided to stay with him, and so this is why I think they really wanted to sign a right-back. They had the opportunity with Juranovic and many others.”
A whole host of high-profile European clubs were linked with Juranovic before he left Celtic Park. In addition to United, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Southampton, Roma, Torino and Monza were also credited with an interest.
However, Union Berlin were apparently the only club who met the 27-year-old’s asking price. The German club will pay £7.5m up front for the right-back, with an additional £2.5m in add-ons.
Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou won’t need to sign a replacement for Juranovic before the transfer window shuts, having already secured the signature of Alistair Johnston from MLS Side CF Montreal earlier this month.