Sir Alex Ferguson’s new book, ‘Leading’, is setting the news agenda just as his previous efforts did.

We have covered a number of revelations from the book, as well as a publicity event to promote it, on the main site on Tuesday.

[FERGIE: I stopped Rooney earning twice my salary]

[FERGIE: We wanted five other managers before Moyes]

[FERGIE: I only had four world-class players at United]

But Ferguson also offered lots of transfer titbits, discussing all the players he tried and failed to sign – deals which could have changed the course of football history as we know it.

Here are the seven most prominent targets who eluded Ferguson, and the reasons the deals fell through.

7. Petr Cech

Petr Cech

“I went to see him in 2003 for Rennes. We thought Petr was a bit young for the bruisers in the Premier League.”

6. Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura

“We offered £35 million but Paris Saint-Germain signed him for £45m.”

5. Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane

“In 2011 I hurtled down to Lille. Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up for Real Madrid.”

4. Didier Drogba


“We went to check him out [when he played for Marseille] but the club wanted £25 million and Chelsea moved in for the kill before we had made up our minds.”

3. Thomas Muller


“He was a 10-year-old when we heard about him. We had him watched and the following day he committed himself to Bayern Munich.”

2. Sergio Aguero

Everton v Manchester City - Barclays Premier League

“His agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to pay [before he joined Manchester City for £38m.”

1. Ronaldo 

Brazilians striker Ronaldo and Ronaldinho during press conference in Ecuador.

“We wanted to sign the Brazilian striker from Cruzeiro in 1994, but we could not get a work permit and he went to PSV Eindhoven.”