Manchester United suffered further heart-ache in the closing weeks of the transfer window after Galatasaray spurned an offer for playmaker Wesley Sneijder, Turkish sporting co-ordinator Bulunt Tulun has revealed.
United failed to sign both Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera before eventually clinching a deal for Marouane Fellaini from Everton on deadline day; the only significant addition made by manager David Moyes this summer.
And amid their struggles to land a marque signing ahead of Moyes' first full season in charge at Old Trafford, Galatasaray have revealed Sneijder was among the options considered by United two weeks before the window slammed shut.
"Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted," Tulun told Milliyet.
"There are several clubs that want him but just like we can't let go of [striker] Burak [Yilmaz] we also have to keep hold of Sneijder."
Sneijder turned down the chance to join United in the summer of 2011 prior to a nightmare 18 months at Inter Milan where he became a peripheral first-team figure before moving to Turkey in the last January transfer window.
The 29 year old helped Galatasaray into the Champions League quarter final before eventually losing to Real Madrid while they won the Super Lig title, giving Sneijder a domestic title in a fourth different country.
But the inability to land Sneijder, six months into his current deal at Galatasaray, represents another failure in the transfer market for United whose manager David Moyes is facing a barrage of criticism after a window which appeared to lack direction from the outset.
Moves for Herrera and Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao broke down in the 11th hour of the window leaving United with just one signing in the form of Fellaini, who joins from Everton for £27.5m.