Manchester City had the chance to sign Raheem Sterling for just £500,000 six years ago, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Manchester outfit are understood to have been offered the player when he was 14 and playing in QPR’s youth sides, though they opted against it.
The Etihad outfit had only recently been taken over at the time, and did not want to agree to a deal that could have potentially risen to £5m.
The player then joined Liverpool, where he broke into the first-team under Brendan Rodgers and has now established himself as a regular England international.
Alongside Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, Sterling came very close to winning a first Premier League title with the Reds.
After a series of scintillating performances for both club and country, the 21-year old became the most expensive English player of all time when he joined Manchester City this summer for £49m.
He rejected a new deal to stay at Anfield, irking sections of the club’s support.