Manchester United reportedly failed in a summer bid to land defender Leonardo Bonucci, who ended up re-joining Juventus.
According to The Sun, which runs the story as an exclusive, Bonucci was ‘at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wishlist’.
However, United would have deemed the stopper ‘not value for money’, given his 31 years of age.
Nonetheless, the newspaper stresses Mourinho saw the former Milan man as ‘as an ideal fit’ for the Red Devils’ backline.
The English giants were also linked with the likes of Harry Maguire, Diego Godin and Jerome Boateng but ultimately failed to sign a central defender over the summer.
Bonucci, meanwhile, returned to Juventus in a swap deal with Mattia Caldara worth €35m.