Sir Alex Ferguson nearly pulled off one of the great transfers of the modern era, signing Colombian superstar James Rodriguez for just £5m before he became the Real Madrid playmaker he is today.
Back before he joined Porto when James was playing for Argentinian side Banfield, Manchester United scouts were regularly attending his games.
When Porto made an offer to bring him to Portugal, French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims that Manchester United also made a £5m offer to bring him to Old Trafford.
Unfortunately a deal fell through with James joining Porto and Ferguson turning back to United’s favourite market to acquire young talent - Portugal.
Once again, unfortunately for United rather than plucking out another Cristiano Ronaldo or even another Nani, Ferguson spent the best part of £7m on Bebe. It doesn’t get more disheartening that that - James Rodriguez or Bebe.
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Bebe barely made an impact at Old Trafford, apart from the jokes he inspired from rival fans, and he spent three loan spells away from Manchester United before leaving permanently this summer, joining Benfica.
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As for James, a spectacular World Cup with Colombia catapulted him into the footballing stratosphere, earning him a move to Real Madrid as their summer Galactico.
Sir Alex Ferguson had a few transfer mistakes in his time, we can think of Kleberson, Eric Djemba-Djemba and David Bellion, but going for James and ending up with Bebe has to be right up there.
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