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Were United chasing Klopp last season?

Reports from Germany indicate that United may have approached the soon-to-be ex-Dortmund manager.

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Interesting times in Germany. Jürgen Klopp, the charismatic/irritating (delete according to preference) manager of Borussia Dortmund, has announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season. Bookmakers have installed Manchester City as his likeliest next destination, meaning next year's Manchester derby might be a more energetic affair, at least on the blue side.

However, German newspaper Bild — who broke the story yesterday — included in their coverage an intriguing little snippet about Klopp and his presumed successor Thomas Tuchel. According to Mr G. Translate:

In April 2014, Zorc [Dortmund's sport manager] has reportedly met with Tuchel a first exploratory talk. Why? Because Klopp had previously unsuccessfully asked to share with BVB. He was present immoral million offer from England.

So, which English clubs were looking for a new manager, and capable of presenting an "immoral million" offer last April? That's a list of precisely one, we think: Manchester United.

Of course, this is likely just a point of academic interest: Louis van Gaal's long-awaited click has surely earned him another season, and so Klopp won't be on his way to Old Trafford any time soon. Still, in some other universe, Klopp took the job, Van Gaal had to settle for Spurs, and Shinji Kagawa's just scored his fiftieth goal of the season.