United have snubbed the opportunity to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund after baulking at their asking price of £60m ($92m). The Red Devils have instead signed Monaco starlet Anthony Martial who will join the likes of Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay to oversee the United attack.
The ESPN states that the Red Devils had made an approach for Reus when negotiating a deal for Adnan Januzaj, who has signed the other way on a year-long loan. However, the 20-time English Champions were unwilling to pay the high premium demanded by Dortmund and decided to walk away without concluding a deal.
Meanwhile, the Martial deal is expected to have been concluded for a fee in the range of £36m ($55m), as reported by the BBC, which can rise up to £58m ($89m) with bonuses. The forward has scored eight goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances last season and also played a part in their 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates last season to progress into the quarter final stages of the Champions League.
A deal for Reus would have been good business for United, with the forward already scoring two goals in three starts for Dortmund this season in the Bundesliga and would have added some much needed goalscoring threat up front for the Red Devils, who have managed only three goals this season. The forward had an injury-ravaged run last season but managed to score 11 goals and contributed with six assists over the course of the campaign.
The Red Devils have been particularly busy in the last few days of the transfer window, letting Javier Hernandez sign a three-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen. Back-up goalkeeper Anders Lidergaard was also sent on a season-long loan to West Bromwich Albion.
However, the real discussion on deadline day was the misunderstanding with Real Madrid over a possible deal for David de Gea, with both clubs releasing a statement each, blaming the other for the gaffe.