Former Southampton manager George Burley has revealed how Sir. Alex Ferguson tried to lure Gareth Bale to Manchester United.
United was one of the teams who were after Bale when he was at Southampton and according to Burley, Ferguson called him to a hotel to discuss the deal.
It was at the same time that the team had sold Theo Walcott to Arsenal and George felt that United had offered less money and was worried about the Welshman defensive capabilities.
“He was like a winger playing at full-back. Manchester United was interested in him. I remember going to a hotel and speaking to Sir Alex and his chief executive.
“We’d already sold Theo Walcott for £12million (to Arsenal) and they offered three or four million so we said "no way". I think they were a little bit worried about his defensive side of the game, which we were working at, but he could handle that,” Burley told The Athletic.
Bale eventually left Southampton for Tottenham in 2007 for £5m and was used in the left midfield and a left-back by both clubs.
The Wales international left White Hart Lane for Real Madrid in 2013 in what at the time was a world-record transfer fee of £83m; the winger has already won four Champions League titles and one Laliga title during his stay in Spain.