Everton attacker James Rodriguez has revealed that Manchester United attempted to sign him in 2012.
The 29-year-old turned out for Porto between 2010 and 2013 before joining Monaco, spending one season with the Ligue 1 side ahead of a switch to Real Madrid in 2014.
Rodriguez largely struggled to make his mark at the Bernabeu, though, and after a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich and a disappointing 2019-20 season with Madrid, the Colombia international joined Everton during the recent transfer window.
The attacker is expected to line up against United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and he has revealed that the 20-time English champions made an offer for him eight years ago.
"I believe it was in 2012. The club [Man Utd] had offered me something, but in the end that didn't happen because of some reason I don't know. But well - football always leads you to the correct path, to a team where you can actually play well," Rodriguez told BT Sport.
The South American has been in impressive form for the Toffees during the 2020-21 campaign, contributing three goals and four assists in seven appearances in all competitions.