Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United rejected the opportunity to sign Sergio Aguero because the Red Devils were unwilling to pay the £35 million fee Atletico Madrid were demanding.
United considered a move for the Argentina international, shortly before he joined rivals Manchester City in 2011, but were put off by Atletico’s asking price.
This is according to the Guardian, who have obtained a host of interesting quotes from Ferguson’s new book Leading, which is published on Tuesday.
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Manchester United fans are likely to feel a mixture of surprise and disappointment on discovering Aguero could have ended up at Old Trafford four years ago.
The 27-year-old is now widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world and is arguably the standout forward in the Premier League right now.
Aguero's agent was also a problem
Since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero has scored 108 goals in 171 appearances for City, including 79 in 126 in the Premier League.
The one negative about Aguero from a Manchester City perspective would be his injury problems. However, the South American has still managed to play at least 34 matches in each of his four full seasons with the Citizens.
It also seems that Aguero’s agent was a problem for Ferguson, with the Manchester United legend - per James Robson of the Manchester Evening News - quoted as saying: “His agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to pay.”
Man Utd made a big mistake
However, with the benefit of hindsight, it seems Manchester United and Ferguson made a pretty big mistake with Aguero.
Regardless of the amount of money being asked for - in terms of both the transfer fee and wages - Aguero would have justified every penny. He would have been a sensation at Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans: should your club have paid the money for Sergio Aguero? Have your say in the comments below!