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James Rodríguez was Offered to Manchester United for £5m

It is always easy to play the “would-a, could-a, should-a” game with transfers, but with James Rodriguez being the player of the tournament so far, it is interesting to take a time-machine and wonder what Manchester United was thinking when they passed on him:

James Rodríguez, the Colombia playmaker whose breathtaking form at the World Cup has seen him lauded as one of the players of the tournament and has thrust his national team into a first ever quarter-final, was offered to Manchester United for around £5m as a teenager, only for United to pursue other options.

Sir Alex Ferguson was close to securing Javier Hernández from Guadalajara at the time, but the agents attempting to bring Rodríguez to Europe received no response from United. A few weeks later, United instead spent £7.4m on Bebé – only five weeks after the Portuguese had signed for Vitória Guimarães – to bolster their attack – despite Ferguson later admitting he had never seen the striker play.

United’s interest was rekindled in the midwinter transfer window of 2013, when Chelsea also sounded out the Portuguese club over his availability, but the player’s price tag had swollen considerably by then and a hefty release clause had been inserted into his new five-year contract. Third party ownership issues also complicated any move, and the player left for France and Dmitry Rybolovlev’s money-flushed Monaco last summer, along with his team-mate, João Moutinho, for a combined £60m.

Read More: theguardian.com

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