Coach of Arsenal Arsene Wenger said about the failed transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.
“Ronaldo was here with her mother, and we were quite close to signing a contract. But then in the race came in Manchester United – they played with sporting in the Champions League and praised the actions of Ronaldo. It was not difficult to arrange the transfer.
There’s always something that could be done differently. We negotiated, at 4.5 million pounds, and we were ready to spend the money. But Manchester United offered 12 million, and we could not afford such a sum“, – quotes the words of Wenger , the press service of the Arsenal.
In 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was only 18 years old, moved from sporting Lisbon to Manchester United for 12,24 million pounds (about 14 million euros).
Earlier it was reported that it became known the name of the first novice, which this summer will sign Arsenal.
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