Just how close were Leicester City to signing Dutch master Johan Cruyff?
Leicester City's bid to capture the signature of Edgar Davids has revived memories of the club's attempt to woo another Dutch master in the early 1980s.
Three-time European footballer of the year Johan Cruyff was the sensational target for a City approach in 1981.
The move fell through because Cruyff was still tied to Spanish club Levante – but for a few days the city was buzzing with speculation.
Manager Jock Wallace launched his audacious attempt to sign the former Ajax and Barcelona player in January 1981 with three weeks of secret talks.
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He was hoping impressive victories over Liverpool and Manchester United would convince Cruyff, then 33, to lead City's bid to climb out of relegation trouble following a poor start to the season.
City historian Dave Smith said the pubs and clubs of Leicester were full of talk about Cruyff's possible arrival at Filbert Street.
He said: "It captured the imagination of the city. I used to meet a Leicester Tigers pal for a drink before a game and he said he would have gone and watched the football instead if Cruyff had arrived."
Smith wrote about City's interest in Cruyff in Of Fossils and Foxes, the definitive history of the club, saying: "Wallace had been sincere in attempting to lure the best talent available."
He recalled: "I think there was also a split because many fans thought it was a publicity stunt, although Jock Wallace always insisted otherwise."
Former Leicester Mercury football writer Bill Anderson, who was reporting on the club at the time, also dismissed suggestions of a publicity stunt.
He said: "It was definitely on the cards and the player himself expressed his desire to play for City.
"Unfortunately, unlike the situation with Davids, who is a free agent, Cruyff was still contracted to Levante and the move broke down."
Italian Roberto Mancini was the last high-profile European to join City when Peter Taylor secured the former Sampdoria and Lazio player's signature in 2001.
He may have been past his best, but was still good enough to pick up a Serie A title in his 20th season as a professional just months before joining City.
He was one of the most respected players in Europe over two decades, the winner of two Serie A titles and five Italian Cups, a veteran of five European club finals and 36 caps for his country.
Mancini made his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the age of 36 in January and played his part as 10-man City gained a draw.
Better was to follow with an FA Cup win at Villa Park and, after defeat at Southampton, Mancini – who failed to complete 90 minutes in his five appearances – produced his best display against Chelsea.
But after one more game as a substitute at Everton, it was arrivederci and Mancini took over as Fiorentina boss.