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Ouch! Man Utd Were Offered James Rodriguez For £5m In 2010, Sir Alex Passed And Bought Bebé A Few Weeks Later

By Chris Wright


The Guardian are reporting tonight that, back in 2010, Manchester United were offered Colombian wunderkind James Rodriguez for a piddly £5million, only for Sir Alex Ferguson to pass and shell out £7+million on Bebé a few weeks later.

Ouch. Hindsight can be one hell of a cruel bitch sometimes.

This from the Guardian:

“Intermediaries first approached senior scouts at Old Trafford in 2010, when the (17-year-old Rodriguez) was establishing his reputation at Club Atlético Banfield in Argentina.”

“The player was available for as little as £5m when he was touted to United, a club who employed a permanent scout in South America and had close ties with the region.”

“Sir Alex Ferguson was close to securing Javier Hernández from Guadalajara at the time, but the agents attempting to bring Rodríguez to Europe received no response from United.”

“A few weeks later, United instead spent £7.4m on Bebé – only five weeks after the Portuguese had signed for Vitória Guimarães – to bolster their attack – despite Ferguson later admitting he had never seen the striker play.”

J-Rod then moved to Portugal for £4million where he won the domestic double and the Europa League in his first season.

United once again expressed an interest in the Colombian in the summer of 2013, but were put off by the astronomical asking price they were quoted by Porto.

Rodriguez then eventually moved to Monaco for the astronomical sum of £38.5million and the rest, as they say, is history!

Still…Bebé though, eh?

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By Chris on June 29th, 2014 in FAIL, Man Utd, Newsnow, Transfers & Rumours. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

4 Responses to “Ouch! Man Utd Were Offered James Rodriguez For £5m In 2010, Sir Alex Passed And Bought Bebé A Few Weeks Later”

  1. Huh says:

    I’m sure SAF is sat at home right now thinking ‘wow i failed manchester united all those years’ … or not. There’s alot of bitchyness about Football these days, with kids trying to get the upperhand on anything they can. Clutching at straws comes to mind..

  2. Imran says:

    Holy sh!! £5m plus then for a 18 year old, Sir Alex you should be gutted signing us Bebe for 7 plus millions just because Carlos advised you too. Though you done us so much good than bad, you are guilty of missing out on young players heading towards your retirement – for example; Bale, Hazard, Moura, Nasri and now James Rodriguez!

  3. Straight Dave says:

    @Imran: Haha, Nasri. I’m sure Sir Alex is still having sleepless nights now about losing out on that useless POS.

  4. Bruno says:

    Of course everybody knew in 2010 that 18 year old Rodriguez from Colombia would be a star.

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