From Man City Rejects to Premier League Stars: The Lessons Declan Rice Can Learn from 8 Players Who Were Once Let Go

Declan Rice was quickly disregarded by Manchester City, as they frequently have been.

Declan Rice appears to be moving to Arsenal this summer after Manchester City withdrew from the race to sign him.

Although Man City’s wealth is undeniable, they are unwilling to pay more than £100 million for Rice. It’s not the first time Pep Guardiola’s team has walked away from a deal because they felt the player’s value was too high. Mirror Football examined eight additional players who came close to joining Man City, and the majority of them experienced negative outcomes.

Cristiano Ronaldo

When CR7 returned to Manchester United, there was excitement, and Old Trafford supporters decided to ignore the fact that he almost left for Manchester City that summer. Ultimately, it was a forgettable comeback; he left MU with many negative impressions and then traveled to Saudi Arabia to play for Al Nassr.

Marc Cucurella

The Brighton left-back has been linked to two Premier League teams, with City being the first. The Spaniard’s worth is at an all-time high as City and Chelsea compete for his services, but the Blues won with an offer worth £56 million.

Chelsea may regret beating City to the signing of Cucurella after his disastrous debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Harry Maguire

It’s simple to forget that City were even considering Maguire because of how poorly he performed during his time at United. Pep Guardiola even admitted out loud that City were considering buying him but “cannot afford” to. A proposal that set a record helped the Reds win. Maguire was closed as a failed contract four years later.

Paul Pogba

Pogba has undeniable talent; even Man City believes this. Earlier than his 2016 return to Old Trafford, the Etihad team desired him. He stayed at Old Trafford for a meager six years. Pogba finally returned to Juventus for free last year after costing the Red Devils £90m.

Romelu Lukaku

Although Lukaku has provided some insight into City’s efforts to sign the Belgian, their intentions to do so are not widely known. I declined the offer from Manchester City, he claimed. I wanted to do something good for Inter because they helped save my career, but the time was not right. At Manchester United, things aren’t going well, and I’m in a lot of trouble. We’ve accomplished great things together, and I’m a significant investment for Inter.

He then made the decision to join Chelsea and had yet another incredible experience in England.

Timo Werner

Another striker passed up the chance to represent Man City in favor of Stamford Bridge. Guardiola even called Werner to persuade him to move from Leipzig to the Etihad. Werner, a German international, can now look back on that choice with great regret because it frequently made him the target of jeers while he was a Chelsea player. Like Lukaku, Werner eventually made his way back to the team he left.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Guardiola is annoyed by Napoli’s £72 million asking price. Instead, after cutting its value in half, the Senegal international also signed with Chelsea. However, the midfielder’s time in England only lasted one season before he moved on to join the Arab team Al Hilal.

Alexis Sanchez

In the summer of 2017, City was reportedly interested in luring Sanchez away from Arsenal, as evidenced by the “All or Nothing” documentary on Amazon. However, four months later Sanchez found himself at Old Trafford. Sanchez had to leave soon because of five goals in a season and a half.

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