Brazilian striker announces offer to join Manchester United was on table
Willian Jose has claimed that he had an offer from Manchester United on the table in 2020, but the move was blocked
United reportedly targeted a whole host of strikers in last year’s winter transfer window amid a shortage of options up front, eventually managing to secure a loan deal for Odion Ighalo
However, Willian Jose has now revealed that he was one of the players on the Red Devils’ original shortlist and has even claimed that he had an offer to join the Red Devils, but Real Sociedad refused to sell him to the Manchester giants
The Liga outfit allowed the Brazilian to join Wolves on a short-term loan deal in January, but is still baffled as to why they decided against selling him for a hefty fee: “I think they have not treated me well,” Willian Jose told Spanish publication Noticias de Gipuzkoa. “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 €23 million and now they have let me go. Football is sometimes difficult to understand.”