Former Watford director claims that Manchester United were looking to sign the Senegalese winger in the summer window of 2020.
The Senegalese national team player
, who was relegated from the Premier League last season, had a good enough performance during his time at the top of English football to receive offers from top Premier League clubs.
Giraldi has told the Here We Go podcast: “
We were extremely close, I was personally negotiating with them
“We weren't able to reach an agreement. And I think Ismaila is very young, he will arrive for sure.
“He missed probably an opportunity, but I think also for his football to stay here and get 10 goals and 10 assists, he's deciding the league.
“I think for Watford in the condition they are at the moment it's lucky he stayed.
“I love Ismaila because he has the ability to affect the game every time he plays, and that's quite rare.
“You see fast wingers becoming more and more important in physical leagues like the Premier League.
“I remember last year against Manchester United and Liverpool, he was the one with Gerard Deulofeu on the other side affecting the game and deciding the game every time.
“This type of player are players you have to try to maximise and protect them as much as you can.”