Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed how Arsenal were interested in his services prior to him leaving Everton for Old Trafford.
The Belgian international joined the Premier League champions on deadline day but was David Moyes' only significant summer signing.
Amid speculation regarding Fellaini's future at Goodison Park, Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid were all said to have registered an interest and the 25 year old says the Gunners came the closest to hijacking his eventual move to United.
"I don't want to tell you everything what happened during the transfer," he told beIN Sport.
"This was done at the last minute. In a transfer window, there is always a list of players, you never know if it's true or not. But for me, I knew [Moyes] was interested in me.
"Chelsea? No comment. Arsenal? It's true, they were interested, but Manchester United convinced me to sign for them."
Arsenal made four new additions in the summer transfer window, the most high profile being Mesut Ozil, who joined for a club record fee from Real Madrid.
While the German has wasted little time settling into life in the Premier League, Fellaini has struggled in the early weeks of his United career, with a wrist injury suffered against Shakhtar Donetsk restricting his involvement of late.
Fellaini is due to go under the knife in December but United are open to bringing the surgery forward should the midfielder suffer any pain during games.
He has been an unused substitute in both of United's last two games, the wins over Real Sociedad and Stoke City, but Moyes says despite suffering some discomfort he is hopeful Fellaini can continue to play.
"It's never easy when you have an injury that you know needs something doing to it," Moyes said.
"You do need arms and hands for balance and pushing off, so it can be awkward if you've got an injury there. But he's fine. He's getting used to it now and hopefully he can play in condition he's in."