Manchester United refused to match the asking price for Kai Havertz and focused on Jadon Sancho instead.
The Red Devils were interested in Chelsea’s new signing but viewed Havertz as an alternative to Sancho not an additional signing, according to MEN Sport.
And the club were put off by Bayer Leverkusen’s hefty £90million price tag.
The Blues ultimately snared Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal for a cut-price £70m, plus add-ons.
The deal was Frank Lampard’s SEVENTH summer signing.