Ex-Paraguay international reveals how close he was to joining Man Utd before being shot in nightclub

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Former Club America forward Salvador Cabanas says that he was set to sign for Manchester United before he became an attempted murder victim back in 2010.

Cabanas earned 44 caps for Paraguay during his playing career and spent his club career in South America, though his performances at the height of his career welcomed attention of club officials at Old Trafford, who made an attempt to secure his signature back when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager.

According to Marca, the move had to be called off after the striker was shot in the head at a nightclub eight years ago, but thankfully Cabanas managed to survive. It kept him out of action on the pitch for sixteen months.

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The 38-year-old revealed on Monday that he came close to signing for the Reds before the tragic incident took place after he had signed an initial £1.3 million pre-contract agreement with the club.

He told reporters this morning: “I had signed a pre-contract agreement for £1.3 million for a transfer in Europe. They told me my destination would be Manchester United.

“Club America doubled my salary and gave me one apartment in Acapulco and another in Cancun to try and keep me at the club.”

Cabanas scored 66 goals for Club America in 166 appearances while helping the club towards two Copa Libertadores triumphs.

Who knows what might have been but thankfully Cabanas lived to fight another day. Life takes priority over football.

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