Premier League side Manchester United almost signed this Real Madrid star, but chose to bring Bebe to Old Trafford instead…
Manchester United came close to signing Real Madrid star James Rodriguez before he moved to FC Porto, but ended up signing famous Old Trafford flop Bebe instead, according to French publication Le 10 Sport.
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Sir Alex Ferguson almost bought Rodriguez for a bargain £5m a few years ago, but the deal fell through for unknown reasons and the Colombian ended up joining Porto.
Instead United signed Portuguese forward Bebe for a fee in the region of £7m, a player notoriously brought to England without Ferguson even seeing him play.
Rodriguez has since moved on from Porto, first to AS Monaco and then to the European Champions Real Madrid for a whopping £63m.
There is obviously no telling what kind of player the World Cup star would have turned into had he made the move to the Premier League all those years ago, but given the choice between Bebe and the attacking midfielder it’s not hard to guess who most managers would choose.