Barca star was ‘on the verge’ of Chelsea move

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Barcelona star Dani Alves has revealed that he nearly went to Chelsea in 2008 before signing for the Spanish giants.

"I really like [Jose] Mourinho, he is a fantastic person - I was on the verge of working with him at Chelsea," Alves told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"We spoke many times and I think he is a great professional.”


Mourinho, who managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007, won two Barclays Premier League titles with the club, along with two Football League cups and one FA Cup.

Alves left Sevilla for Barcelona for a reported £23 million sum in 2008, when Mourinho had just moved to Inter Milan, and since the move Alves has established himself as a star in part of arguably the current best club in the world.

With Barcelona facing Manchester United in the Champions League final on Saturday, and Jose Mourinho now managing Alves’ rival side Real Madrid, the Brazilian will most likely feel satisfied with his decision not to head for Chelsea or to follow Mourinho, who other than the Copa del Rey Cup has come second to Barcelona on both European and domestic fronts.

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