Manchester United came close to signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Xavi Simons, according to Bild.

Last summer, the Ligue 1 winners exercised the buyback clause to bring the winger back to the club from PSV Eindhoven, and immediately sent him out on loan to RB Leipzig.

Prior to the 21-year-old’s move to Germany, Manchester United made an effort to sign him.

It’s claimed Erik ten Hag’s side made a €60m bid for the Dutchman and the Paris club had ‘already agreed a deal’ with the Red Devils. However, the move didn’t materialse because the player didn’t want to make a switch to Old Trafford.

Simons made a conscious choice to join the German club and this has clearly paid off as he scored nine goals and registered 15 assists from 42 games this season.

His fine displays have clearly not gone unnoticed as recent claims have linked him with a move back to Barcelona in the summer window. Bild relay it and then explain that Leipzig are fighting to retain the attacker beyond this season.

Manchester United wanted the Netherlands international last summer and the report makes no mention whether they will return for the player in the next window.