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Ribalta admits he wanted Emre Can, Goretzka at Man Utd

Former Manchester United scout Javier Ribalta admits he had two Bosman targets he fancied last season.

Ribalta is now sports director of Zenit St Petersburg.

Reflecting on his time at the club, and at Juventus, Ribalta has picked the signings he wished he got over the line.

"From my Juventus years, I'd say [Jose] Gimenez from Atletico Madrid," he told Tuttosport. “Let's say that when he was still at Danubio, I came in too late.

“As for my time in Manchester, I was only there for a year but I'd have liked to sign Emre Can and [Leon] Goretzka on free transfers."

Can left Liverpool for Juventus over the summer, while former Schalke midfielder Goretzka joined Bayern Munich.

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