Spanish manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he attempted to sign Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey for EPL giants Liverpool before the Welsh midfielder ended up in North London instead.
Back in 2008, Aaron’s breakthrough campaign with Cardiff City was drawing plenty of attention.
In spite of only being 17 years old, Wales international had already made 22 matches for the EFL Championship side, netting two goals and assisting three.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton all tried to land the youngster, and Rafa says Liverpool did too.
“I can tell you in all my teams, in all my years, I can give you five players from each team that I looked at from when I was at Extremadura to now,” Rafa said.
“Everyone has players you are interested in but you cannot always land them, or another club is quicker than you. At Liverpool we had Ramsey, and he went to Arsenal.”
11 years later, Aaron has 369 matches, 65 goals and 65 assists behind him with Arsenal. Included in that are Ramsey’s two FA Cup final winners and 5 goal-contributions in 13 matches against Liverpool.
In that same time, the Merseyside outfit have only managed to lift one League Cup title, so perhaps the club could have done with the 28-year-old star playing for them.
Unfortunately, neither EPL club will have his services from this campaign onwards as the ex-Cardiff City man is moving to Serie A to join Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus.
He will play alongside Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and another one-time Arsenal player in Poland international Wojciech Szczesny.