Manchester United agreed a deal to sell David Beckham to Barcelona back in 2003.
But the player ultimately chose to move to Real Madrid rather than sign on at the Nou Camp.
"I had heard rumours I might be sold. I was holiday in the States with Victoria and one of my friends called and told me it was on Sky Sports that United had agreed terms with Barcelona," Beckham told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
"I then flew back to London. I tried to speak to Peter Kenyon and tried to speak to the manager and he said 'no'.
"That is when I spoke to my agent and said 'if I am going to move, I'm going to move to Madrid'.
“Within a day, I was sat with the president of Madrid and we agreed that is where I was going to go."
David Beckham nearly joined Barcelona from Manchester United back in 2003
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Wayne Rooney's move to China has edged closer
Wayne Rooney has reportedly been given the green light to move to china – by his wife!
The Sun say Rooney is being offered £140MILLION to play in the Chinese Super League.
And the Daily Star say the player's wife Coleen Rooney has given the transfer her seal of approval.
However, Mrs Rooney has no plans to join her husband in China.
Citing a source, it is said the United captain would travel over to the UK in between matches.
Jose Mourinho has revealed he turned down a big-money move to China
Jose Mourinho has revealed he snubbed a huge offer to go to China.
The former Chelsea boss succeeded Louis van Gaal in the summer following a five-month long sabbatical.
And Mourinho has revealed he did not believe a move to the Chinese Super League was for him.
"No, I share the concerns. If you are negotiating a new contract with one of your players, and you offer him £5m per year and they offer £25m, then you have a big problem," he told GQ Magazine.
"Maybe the player takes £5m because he prefers football. Or £25m because he prefers money.
"I have already refused a big offer to go to China, but I don’t criticise anyone who decides to do it. It’s their choice, their life. Only they can decide what they need for their future."