Inter milan star Yuto Nagatomo has confirmed he rejected a move to Manchester United in January.
The full back was admired by the Manchester hierarchy in the window, however Nagatomo wasn’t keen on a move to Old Trafford.
With Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia & Marcos Rojo sidelined Van Gaal is stuck for options at full back. Nagatomo, 29, would have provided adequate cover at the back for the red devils.
The Japan star moved to the San Siro in 2011 and has developed a close relationship with ex City boss, Roberto Mancini.
Nagatomo rejected a host of offers to stay in Italy.
“I like everything about Inter, I want to stay here and renew my contract,” he told Inter’s TV channel.
“I turned down an offer from Manchester United, as my desire is to stay here.