Former England and Tottenham Hotspur forward Gary Lineker has revealed just how close he came to joining Premier League giants Manchester United.
The current Match of the Day presenter played for several clubs in his illustrious career including Barcelona, Spurs and Everton. Although the free-scoring striker never played for the Premier Leagues most successful club, Manchester United.
Lineker scored over 280 goals in a 16-year career that saw the Englishman win the FA Cup, the Copa del Rey and the 1986 World Cup Golden Boot.
The opportunity for a switch to Old Trafford though, came in 1989 after Lineker finished a three year spell with Barcelona.
Speaking to FourFourTwo the Leicestershire-born Linker said: “I was quite open-minded about my next move.
"It looked like I was going to Fiorentina for a while, but then Sven-Goran Eriksson left and so did Roberto Baggio, so that option went away.
“Then Terry Venables came along and did a deal with Barcelona very quickly. Right at the 11th hour it suddenly appeared that Spurs might not be able to do the deal, financially. That’s when my agent spoke with Alex Ferguson.
“It was close to being done, but then Tottenham came back and said they could do it. You have to remember that the Manchester United of 1989 weren’t the Manchester United of four or five years later.”
Lineker will now be presenting BT Sports coverage of Champions League football from the beginning of next season alongside current host Jake Humphery. The presenter will take a pay-cut in his BBC role as part of the deal.