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Real Sociedad Striker Claims La Liga Club Blocked Stunning Manchester United Transfer

Adnan Riaz

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Real Sociedad Striker Claims La Liga Club Blocked Stunning Manchester United Transfer

Willian Jose has claimed that he was a target for Barcelona and received an "offer from Manchester United" -- but Real Sociedad blocked the move to Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old Brazilian striker has been with the Spanish club since he was signed from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado in 2016.


However, Jose insisted that he was a transfer target for United in the January transfer window in 2020.

United wanted to bolster their attacking options in last year's winter window amid a lack of strikers and injury to Marcus Rashford at the time.

The Red Devils' shortlist included former Bournemouth forward Josh King and ex-Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Ighalo was signed by United on a loan deal, but Jose has now revealed that he was one of the strikers on the Red Devils' radar.

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Jose, who was loaned out to Premier League side Wolves in January, said that a move to United was an "opportunity that I could not miss out on."

However, the Sociedad striker is baffled at why the La Liga club blocked a potential transfer to Old Trafford.

"I think they have not treated me well," he told Spanish publication Noticias de Gipuzkoa.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I expected a little more. When I renewed my contract, I had spoken with Roberto Olabe about there being some interested teams, from the Premier League and also from La Liga.

"I spoke with Roberto, and he told me that if a big team which played in the Champions League came in for me, they would let me go. I stayed calm.

"Then came Barcelona and an offer from Manchester United. I saw that it was an opportunity that I could not miss out on because life is like that. You have to take advantage of opportunities, and I saw that it was the opportunity.

"In the end, things did not go well, and this year they let me go to Wolves.

"I don't understand why a few months ago they didn't want to let me go for €23million and now they have let me go. Football is sometimes difficult to understand."

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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Premier League, England, Real Sociedad, Spain, La Liga

Adnan Riaz
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