Manchester United reportedly offered Spain coach Vicente del Bosque the chance to become their new manager in a deal worth €20m across two seasons back in April, but were swiftly turned down and forced to focus their attention on securing a deal for Louis van Gaal.
Spanish publication AS has today reported that Sir Alex Ferguson put Del Bosque forward as the number one choice to replace David Moyes, making the World Cup a lucrative offer to take charge at Old Trafford.
Del Bosque has repeatedly turned down the advances of Europe's top clubs during six wildly successful years as La Roja chief though and United's offer received the same short shrift, with the 63-year-old committed to leading Spain at this summer's World Cup and the European Championships in 2016.
United drew up a three-man shortlist of coaches to take charge at Old Trafford next season including Del Bosque, Diego Simeone and Van Gaal, and eventually found the proven track record they were looking for in handing the Netherlands boss a three-year contract to take charge at the Theatre of Dreams.
The Red Devils wanted Del Bosque though, a coach with an almost unrivalled CV but without a role in club management for nine years.
Del Bosque rejecting United is far from a one-off either, with the ex-Real Madrid tactician also declining a mega-money deal from Inter Milan three seasons ago, despite the overtures of former Los Blancos linchpin Luis Figo.
Both parties have moved on but it's hard not to wonder how Del Bosque would have fared at United, plus which Spanish superstars may have been willing to follow their favourite boss to the Premier League.