United had targeted Korean before he left Hamburg.
Manchester United were interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen forward Heung-Min Son this summer according to the player’s agent, talkSPORT reports.
The 21-year-old had become recognised as one of the best young players in the Bundesliga from his time at former club Hamburg, scoring 12 goals and providing 2 assists in the 2012/13 campaign before a number of big clubs started to monitor his situation.
In the end he ended up signing for Bayer Leverkusen, who had the offer of Champions League football after finishing 3rd last season, and money to spend after the sale of star player Andre Schurrle to Chelsea.
However, his agent says he could have been on his way to Old Trafford this summer, with United identifying him as one of many targets for their attacking midfield spot, which eventually saw them sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
Talks had apparently taken place between United and Son, though his agent Thies Bliemeister believes the move to Leverkusen was the right one at this stage in his career.
“Even United wanted Sonny,” he said.
“Manchester United were very interested in him. We had already held talks. HSV to Manchester had also been reported.
“The interest was a great honour for Son. But Leverkusen had simply made the best impression. And as an intermediate step, Bayer is ideal for his career now.”
The South Korean international has made a good start to life at his new club, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist in his first five appearances this term.