F365's Top Ten Players Who Slipped Through The Net

With the news that Manchester United missed out on signing James Rodriguez for £5million in 2010, here is Daniel Storey's list of the top ten ones that got away.

Post a Comment:

Comments 1 - 10 of (40)

arexrarris (Liverpool) says...

Dani Alves to Liverpool as well

Posted 2:59am 4th July 2014

nicobellik (Manchester United) says...

Ronaldo was never going to Arsenal, or to Liverpool for that matter. Utd had an agreement with Sporting even as their two rivals were courting the player - they were wasting their time sniffing around a player who's future had already been determined. After playing against Sporting and with the Utd players all excited about the potential of Ronaldo, the process was accelerated, but it was always going to happen.

Posted 6:44pm 2nd July 2014

debra2927 (Sunderland) says...

What about a manager who slipped through the net? In the mid-Eighties it was reported that PELÉ was on Bolton's hitlist for the manager's job. They went one better - they got John McGovern.

Posted 4:42pm 2nd July 2014

cc1 (Arsenal) says...

There is of course one flaw in these what-if scenarios. Had Zlatan signed for Arsenal at 17 he would have left at 18 for a club paying more money. Same can be said for most of the clubs on this list. The Christiano Ronaldo one does make me very very sad though.

Posted 1:04pm 2nd July 2014

bungle1976 (Manchester United) says...

@Mr. eko - Love the Zlatan. What a quote. What a guy. I doff my cap to your moniker too. "Mr Eko", great character, great show...

Posted 12:57pm 2nd July 2014

mr. eko (Arsenal) says...

Zlatan does not do auditions!....... Obviously

Posted 12:02pm 2nd July 2014

bungle1976 (Manchester United) says...

@disGUSting - I thought at the time Ronaldinho was caught in a love triangle involving us, Barca, Madrid and Beckham. Though that's more than a triangle. We wanted to sell Becks and buy Ronnie. Madrid and Barca both wanted Becks. Madrid said "Sell us Becks or we'll nab Ronnie out of spite!". We sell them Becks. Ronnie sticks 2 fingers up and goes to Barca. We console ourselves at being mugged off by buying a talented young winger from Sporting Lisbon instead... Can't say I'd complain about how it turned out.

Posted 12:02pm 2nd July 2014

gouds (Celtic) says...

the duvel is right - there is another list out there of could-have-been-legends who have signed for the wrong manager at 17, or didn't take the right noeve and never been what they could have been. Its not the same at all, but I rememer the tale of Billy Kenny at Everton, what might have become of him if someone had got him my the scruiff of the neck. I'm pretty sure I bought him for my Championship Manager team and, because you got an assist and a key pass for corners in them days, he rocked an average rating of over 9.0 for his season!

Posted 9:03am 2nd July 2014

dr soccer (Arsenal) says...

How about Suarez to Arsenal? Legally, we should've had him, but Wenger didn't call Henry's brilliant bluff. He would've been top scorer for us and we would've gone on to...finish fourth. Oh and we signed Ozil's body but his spirit slipped through the net and is floating around the Bernabeu like a plastic bag caught in an updraft.

Posted 4:08am 2nd July 2014

eastclintwood (Crystal Palace) says...

'They can't even blame this one on Carlos Tevez.' I have been reading online football articles every day for well over a decade now and nothing I've read has ever made me laugh as much as that comment!

Posted 11:51pm 1st July 2014

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Latest Photos

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech doesn't want to be on the bench

Petr Cech has warned Jose Mourinho he does not want to be second-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea next season.

Transfer News: Sunderland striker Danny Graham expected to move on

Gus Poyet has confirmed that it is going to be 'very difficult' for Danny Graham to be part of his Sunderland squad.

Premier League: Ryan Giggs compares Louis van Gaal to Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Giggs has hailed Louis van Gaal's early impact and has acknowledged the similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mail Box

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property