Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has allegedly told BeIN Sports, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that he thought the Gunners were close to signing Kingsley Coman.
The Gunners have faced Bayern twice in the Champions League group stage this season, beating them 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium before a 5-1 defeat in Germany.
Now, Arsenal boss Wenger has revealed that he almost completed a deal to sign one of Pep Guardiola's hottest young prospects, before the Bundesliga giants managed to lure him to Germany.
Wenger has told BeIN Sports, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that he almost signed Kingsley Coman from Paris Saint-Germain in 2014, but the winger chose Juventus instead - and he then moved on loan to Bayern over the summer, having established himself as one of the world's top wonderkids.
"Yes we really tried to sign Kingsley Coman in the summer of 2014," said Wenger. "The transfer was almost completed, but he preferred Juventus."
With four goals and six assists this season, French wide man Coman has become a regular in Guardiola's side this season despite being just 19, as his combination of pace and dribbling ability have cause defences no end of problems so far.
Bayern have the option to sign Coman permanently at the end of his loan spell next summer, and it may be that Arsenal have missed their chance to sign one of the top young talents in European football - and Wenger will be desperately hoping that he isn't made to pay having missed out on his signature 18 months ago.