Eventually, as United fans probably will have expected, talk turned to David De Gea, who famously came within a dodgy fax machine of joining Real on deadline day a couple of years ago.
In the intervening time De Gea signed a new deal at Old Trafford while Keylor Navas - who was supposed to move in the opposite direction - has excelled at the Bernabeu.
A move for De Gea, for now it seems, is off the table though.
'Two years ago we had an issue and then the appropriate circumstances didn't arise.
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"The players are very fond of Keylor and also the coach".
"I wanted De Gea because I did not know Keylor Navas".
One of those is the Champions League holders, with Perez revealing that manager Zinedine Zidane is a long-time admirer, as well as their interest in acquiring his signature.
"I've seen very little of Mbappe but he has some very good ways and surely he'll become one of the greatest".
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Rumours surrounding Mbappe's future continue to swirl as Perez and Real officials also try to keep a lid on the reports surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's place at the club.
Of the Italian goalkeeper, Perez said: 'We are watching him.' Mbappe's 26-goal breakout season at Monaco has also attracted interest.
"Last year we had a possibility that we didn't take, and now we have no agreement with Manchester United to sign him".
If Mbappe does join Los Blancos he will then become the 13th Frenchman to represent the record La Liga champions with worldwide teammate Raphaël Varane and Karim Benzema now part of Zinedine Zidane's first team squad.
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