In one of those remarkable cases of what might have been, it has emerged that Everton rejected the chance to sign Erling Haaland - for a mere £60,000!
But the Merseyside club opted against signing the then 15-year-old Haaland, citing concerns that he would become less of a force with age.
In an interview with The Times, Everton's Scandinavian scout Bryan King explained why they rejected Haaland - who was with Norwegian outfit Bryne at the time. King said:
"We could have had him for a compensation fee of £60,000.
"But the consensus was he was so young and so big that once he got older and other players got bigger too, he'd lose his effectiveness."
How wrong that consensus has proved to be...
Haaland - who eventually left Bryne for Molde and then moved into Red Bull Salzburg, where he first truly came to the world's attention - has developed into one of the most prolific finishers in the game, banging in 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund.
And last year, he became the youngest player to reach 20 Champions League goals - achieving the feat in just 14 matches, also a record.
Haaland found the net in his final appearance for Dortmund on Saturday - a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on the last day of the Bundesliga season - later tweeting that it had "been nothing but an honour" to represent the Black and Yellows.
It has been nothing but an honour to wear this shirt. At @BVB, I've spent memorable moments, met special people, not to mention a fanbase that has been always our extra man on the pitch. The Yellow Wall is truly incredible. I'll never forget any of this! Thank you all! 🖤💛 pic.twitter.com/MegplT4y7BMay 14, 2022
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