Manchester United were linked with many midfielders during the summer transfer window and in the lead up to it. There must have been more than 15 names linked including Arturo Vidal, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Fredy Guarin, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Enzo Perez, William Carvalho and Paul Pogba.
One name which wasn't a rumour mill regular was Andre Gomes. The Benfica midfielder is 21 years of age and had been catching the attention of several big European clubs including Liverpool. However, that all but stopped during the last winter transfer window. Gomes' registration, along with that of Rodrigo, was bought by a company controlled by Peter Lim on the January transfer deadline day.
The idea was that Lim was trying to buy Valencia and wanted the two players so went about it the third party way. Lim later completed his purchase of the Spanish club, after much trouble, and Gomes and Rodrigo duly went to Valencia, but they're only there on loan right now - despite Lim's company Meriton Capital owning the whole of each.
According to Super Deporte, none of this stopped Manchester United from trying to sign the Portuguese U21 player. The Spanish newspaper claim that a €15m bid came from Old Trafford, that works out to be around £12m. The offer was refused and Manchester United moved on to Ander Herrera, according to Super Deporte.