The agent of Heung Min Son has revealed his client turned down an approach from Manchester United.
Of all the players Manchester United were linked with over the summer, their pursuit of Heung Min Son was one which was over before it began.
The South Korean sensation left Hamburg in early June to sign with Bayer Leverkusen, before the transfer window had officially opened.
The striker had lit up the Bundesliga last season, also attracting interest from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur along with doubtless many others.
The 21-year-old scored on his Leverkusen debut against Freiburg, but since then is three games without a goal, although his all round performances have seen the plaudits continue to come his way.
During the international break, his agent Thies Bliemeister has been speaking to German newspaper Bild about the decision to move to Leverkusen.
"Manchester United was very interested in him. We had already held talks. The interest was a great honor for Son. But Leverkusen has simply made the best impression. And as an intermediate step, Bayer is ideal for his career now."
And that spells out Son's most likely fear. He had been making rapid progress at Hamburg, and risked derailing it by going to a club where he could not play regularly.
Another Asian player to impress in the Bundesliga was Shinji Kagawa, the Japanese international who is subject of a #FreeShinji viral campaign after being stuck on the bench at United.
Kagawa just yesterday commented that he was overcome by 'waves of frustration' at United, having to wait for his chance to show what he can do.
If Heung Min Son joined United, would it really be any different? Given the way Javier Hernandez is struggling for game time behind Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie, it's clear had he signed at this stage he would have ended up in a similar position to Kagawa at Old Trafford.
And in the interest of his career, we certainly can't blame him.
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