ALPHONSO DAVIES is tipped to become the world’s first £100million left-back if he leaves Bayern Munich.
But the super-quick Canadian star could have signed for a Premier League club in 2017 for a bargain £3MILLION.
Davies, 21, was a talented youngster at Vancouver Whitecaps and was offered around by top agent Dave Baldwin.
Swansea led the race for the defender, who was recommended by his Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson.
To the Swans, he looked a great investment and would have suited their style when they were in the top flight.
Crystal Palace also liked Davies — who also plays as a wing-back — after watching him in action for his club.
But Davies’ dream was shattered because of work permit regulations. He was a Liberian citizen who gained a Canadian passport.
Even the fact that he was singled out as a leading player of his age and won a full cap at 16 did not help his case for a transfer.
Canada’s Fifa ranking was too low and the fee and wages on offer were not large enough to sway his application — so the interested Premier League clubs went away in disappointment.
In January 2019, Bayern snapped up Davies for £10m with extras and he has blossomed into one of Europe’s best left-backs.