MANCHESTER UNITED failed to sign the highly-rated defender Dayot Upamecano back in 2015 because they broke promises made to his parents, according to claims.
The Red Devils allegedly guaranteed the Frenchman would get his own flat, but then turned it into living with a host family, prompting his camp to pull the plug on the deal.
Upamecano reportedly considered United “the club that has made him dream since he was a kid”, and the transfer from Valenciennes was considered all but completed.
But according to So Foot, the defender’s entourage eventually decided against the move once United’s offer had changed, fearing that living with a host family would imperil the youngster’s “emotional balance”.
The Red Devils also offered Upamecano’s relatives only six trips to visit the then 16-year-old.
His agent Thierry Martinez said: “An intermediary met with us, but between the project she presented us and what was actually going to happen…
“A flat was promised, but that changed to a host family with only six return trips for his parents.
“When you uproot a player at such a young age, that isn’t enough. I wanted Dayot to have a stable emotional balance off the pitch.”
Upamecano was then lured by RB Salzburg, who reportedly convinced the defender to join using a PowerPoint presentation.
In 2017, sister club RB Lepizig paid £9m for the defender – who has now become one of the most promising centre-backs in the Bundesliga.
The Frenchman has an £88m release clause in his contract which ties him down to 2021.
Upamecano has played in 20 games for Leipzig this season, and is expected to make his senior debut for France in the near future.