Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has admitted that he had an agreement in place to join Manchester United before completing his move to the Spanish Giants in 2014.
The World Cup winner joined los Merengues from Bayern Munich following his success with Germany during the World Cup in 2014, but it could have been all so different for the midfield superstar.
Since that day, his and Man Utd's fortunes have followed very different paths.
"I knew that Manchester [United] loved me and that [David] Moyes supported the signing completely.
"We had a very pleasant afternoon. We spoke a lot about United's plan and he convinced me.
"In the end, we verbally agreed to it. I'm not someone who thinks about what could have been.
"Yes, it was close. I was almost a Manchester United player, but it didn't happen."
Whilst the German was reflective over his possible career in Manchester, he had no regrets over the decision he made.
"I can say one thing with certainty," he said, "at Manchester United I wouldn't have won the Champions League three times."