Prospective new Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara was allegedly close to joining their bitter rivals Manchester United in 2013 - before then-manager David Moyes called the move off.
Liverpool have reportedly had a £27m bid for the player accepted by Bayern Munich, and the Spanish midfielder looks set to put pen to paper on a move to Anfield in the coming days.
United have also been linked with Thiago in recent months, but were reportedly even closer to signing him seven years ago while he was still at Barcelona.
According to ESPN, Moyes' predecessor, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, had set up a move for the then-22-year-old Thiago after being made aware of his desire to leave the Nou Camp in search of first-team football. © EMPICS SportThiago Alcantara looks set for a move to Liverpool
A £17m move was in the offing, but when Ferguson retired and Moyes took over he apparently vetoed the deal because he did not know enough about the player.
He instead tried to move for Cesc Fabregas, but when that did not come off he eventually signed his former Everton player Marouane Fellaini.
Thiago ended up going to Bayern, where he has since become arguably one of the best players in the world in his position, and the rest is history. © Getty ImagesSir Alex Ferguson allegedly wanted to sign Thiago for Manchester United in the past
It remains to be seen if Thiago can replicate his superb form in Germany in the Premier League, but it is a move which will no doubt excite Liverpool fans, especially given that the club have so far only signed Greek left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas this summer.
It is not expected Thiago will be signed and ready in time to face Chelsea this weekend, and he could make his first appearance in the Carabao Cup third round tie against Lincoln City next Thursday as he is eased into English football.
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