Earlier this week, James Rodriguez completed the most expensive loan move in football history when he swapped the Bernabeu for the Allianz Arena, but things could’ve been very different.

Yahoo are reporting that Manchester United could’ve signed Rodriguez from Real Madrid, only for Jose Mourinho to turn down the chance to sign the playmaker.

Mourinho advised United to snub Rodriguez in order to pursue other attacking targets as Manchester United completed the £75m swoop for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

Rodriguez scored 30 goals and provided 32 assists in three years at Madrid following a £63m move from Monaco after the 2014 World Cup, but was seen as a reserve player by Zinedine Zidane.

Bayern swooped in for Rodriguez, taking him on a two-year loan for a fee of £9m, the largest loan fee in history, with an option to buy the Colombian for £31m after the two-year spell, taking the total worth of the deal to £40m potentially.