On this day: Manchester United told to spend £33m; Liverpool boss happy he rejected Spurs

Ivan Rakitic

On the 19th December 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Let's cast our eyes back to this exact day, the 19th December 2014, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 19th December 2013…

£33m for Rakitic

A year ago today and the likes of Manchester United were being told they would have to pay £33 million to sign Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla.

The Croatian had been one of La Liga's most in form players and United, among many other teams, were being linked with his signature.

The Sevilla president Jose Castro was stating that Rakitic would not be sold for less than the arranged release clause of £33 million.

But in the end Rakitic was sold, just not to United and not for the massive price-tag. Instead he headed to Barcelona for a cut-price fee of just €18 million.

A year later and United have ludicrously been linked with the player again despite him only being at Barca for six months.

Lucky escape

Brendan Rodgers was discussing his belief that he was pleased with his decision to never join Tottenham Hotspur as manager.

The Liverpool boss said he was wanted by Tottenham when Harry Redknapp was let go but he rejected their overtures and Andre Villas-Boas got the job in 2012.

And Rodgers said:

"A close shave. They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was the history. They’d had 11 managers in 18 years there so for someone like myself, I needed to create something; I needed to go to a club that was going to give us that opportunity.

"It’s difficult...they have had a good couple of years, they were up there under Harry Redknapp. Obviously there have been difficulties from Bale leaving. There are many good players but very few who perform week in week out to that level.

"I am more than happy with the choice I made to come here and hopefully in time it will prove to be the right one."

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