What a piece of business this would have been.
Tony Cascarino has said that Alex Ferguson once asked him to tap up legendary French midfielder Zinedine Zidane.
The former Republic of Ireland international was talking about when players go away with their countries and the transfer talk that occurs on the trips.
“International football was full of transfer talk. It was rife, and I can’t imagine it’s any different today, why would it be?” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“This is a big time of the season for players, the transfer window, especially if you’re playing well.
“Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, and a good few others… They’ll all be having conversations about it, and it isn’t all in-depth and it isn’t disruptive for the squad, but they’ll be talking about it.”
Tony Cascarino: Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Zinedine Zidane.
“What some managers do, and I’ll tell you Fergie was the king at this, he’d always somehow find a way to send a message to somebody,” said Cascarino, who spent six years of his playing career in France with Marseille and Nancy.
According to the former Ireland centre-forward, when Ferguson was in France for a match, he spoke to Cascarino and asked him to speak to Zidane regarding a move to Manchester United.
Cascarino continued: “I was in a dressing room and met Sir Alex in Marseille, he was my manager for a day in a testimonial, I’m in a dressing room as he says to me, ‘how’s your French?’
“I said, ‘it’s ok’, and he said to me, ‘have a word with the number ten’ and that number 10 happened to be Zinedine Zidane!”
Zidane never signed for United, but you wouldn’t rule out the footballing icon ever managing the Manchester club.
He recently left his post at Real Madrid, and with the CV and star power he has, he would certainly be among the contenders to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whenever his time is up.