Manchester United were among a collection of clubs who failed to stump up the money to bring in Dutch attacker Steven Bergwijn in the summer, it has been revealed.
According to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, the Red Devils backed out of a deal for the Dutch winger after baulking at the asking price PSV Eindhoven set for their man.
United, along with Everton and Wolves are credited with an interest after Bergwijn’s agent spoke out and admitted it was no secret there was interest in his player throughout the summer.
The PSV star had a release clause of €25m (roughly £22.8m) in his contract with the Eredivisie giants, but after United and other teams failed to match that clause, the 21-year-old signed a new deal with his current club to take him through to 2023.
Bergwijn was hugely impressive last season as he hit double figures in both goals and assists from the wing, while he was on the scoresheet yesterday in a 2-0 win over Heracles.
These stats were particularly impressive in comparison to one United attacker in Anthony Martial, who only managed two assists in comparison to Bergwijn’s impressive 12 in league competition.
United have made a flying start to the Premier League this season with a 4-0 home win over Chelsea getting them off to the perfect start last weekend. The Red Devils ultimately signed Daniel James to fill the wide slot they had open, with Bergwijn continuing to ply his trade over in Holland.
United might have missed out with Bergwijn but only time will tell really whether they were right to pass him up.
Based on last term, he’s going to be in and among the goals again for PSV, but the Dutch league is another competition to the Premier League, a league renowned for being the most difficult in the world.
Another good season in the tank might be needed to convince a club like United to make their move.
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