Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has discussed their failed bid for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.
The attempt to sign Herrera from Athletic Bilbao looked somewhat farcical, even if the truth is rather more mundane.
"We should have denied all the stories on the last day about Herrera because they were rubbish," said Woodward of a bizarre saga that included three unidentified men turning up at La Liga headquarters trying to force through a deal.
"I've got no idea (who they were)," Woodward told United We Stand.
"I had seven people call me on the last day and try to insert themselves into a deal.
"I can only imagine that people who wanted to insert themselves into the deal turned up at the league's offices.
"They were nothing to do with us, nothing to do with the agent and, according to Bilbao, nothing to do with them.
"Once they had said to us: 'Only the buy clause being met will issue a release', we knew it wasn't going to happen."
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