Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund but had concerns about his style of play.
The Old Trafford side tracked the Gabonese striker for a number of months during his time with the Bundesliga side, and were ready to make a formal move for him after Zlatan Ibrahimovich suffered a bad knee injury in April 2017.
However, they decided to reject the chance to sign him, because their manager at the time, Jose Mourinho, was in the market for a more physical striker who was able to press and hold up the ball. Instead they chose to spend £75 million on Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
In the end, Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan this summer, after failing to convince during his time at United, whilst Arsenal pounced and bought Aubameyang last January, in a £53 million move. He has since gone on to score for them 49 times in 76 appearances.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.