Manchester United never saw the best of Wilfried Zaha.
The Red Devils splashed £10million to land the winger from Crystal Palace, only to sell him back to the Eagles for just £6m seven months later.
But United always knew Zaha could well still make it to the top – and they were shrewd in their business when they let him go.
It has been widely reported that the Red Devils inserted a sell-on clause in the deal worth up to 25% of his next move.
And that could give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a major transfer boost this summer as he looks set to finally leave Selhurst Park for a new challenge.
The Mirror understands Palace will listen to offers for Zaha and are willing to sell.
They are expected to demand around £70million for their star man – which could net United a cool £17.5million to boost their own transfer budget.
With plenty of areas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen and top targets such as Jadon Sancho possessing hefty price tags, that windfall could prove invaluable.
The sell-on clause is contributing to Palace demanding a high price and refusing to lower their demands as they look to cash-in.
Manager Roy Hodgson recently admitted that he will not be able to force Zaha to stay and Everton have been linked with a move after being keen last summer.
After their final game of the season, Hodgson said: ”It’s obviously affected him because his form in the last few weeks has really been quite poor considering what he is capable of doing.
“It’s a dilemma for the club and a dilemma for him if he is so set on leaving. If he feels he just does not want to be with us any more, that would be sad.
“We still like him very much; we can’t make him like us. This is a situation that only he and the club can sort out. I don’t have an answer.”