Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella was wanted by six different clubs during the summer transfer window, but remained at Stamford Bridge following deadline day.
Manchester United were widely reported as being one of the teams interested in signing the left-back on loan, but the move broke down for reasons that have now been revealed.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, neither Chelsea nor the player were willing to include a break clause in the season-long loan. That would have enabled Man United to send the player back to west London in January after Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia return from their respective injuries.
Man United were also said to be upset with the Blues after they played Cucurella in the EFL Cup, cup-tying him in that competition.
The Spaniard still could have found his way out of Chelsea, without the need to leave the Premier League or even move house this past summer, with Romano adding that Fulham made a late bid to take him on loan. That was rejected by the player, as were advances by RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Real Sociedad.
It has also been revealed by Romano that Manchester City made a ‘secret’ offer to take Cucurella on loan with an option to buy last January. City boss Pep Guardiola has been a long-time admirer of the former Brighton man and wanted to buy him last summer before Chelsea snapped him for £55 million.
Cucurella has struggled since making the move, however. He put in a strong of poor performances in his first season at the club, while he is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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