Andre Villas-Boas was a summer target for Napoli before he took over at Chelsea reports talkSPORT.
The 33-year-old Portuguese tactician courted attention from a number of clubs across Europe after winning the treble with FC Porto last season, and Aurelio De Laurentiis - the Serie A side's owner and president - revealed how he almost approached him over a potential move to Italy.
But, following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich moved quickly to bring Villas-Boas to Stamford Bridge, in a bid to kick-start a Blues revolution in west London.
Napoli had all but confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League after an impressive season in Serie A, thanks primarily to the form of a frightening forward line that consisted of Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Edinson Cavani - so it was somewhat surprising that there were any plans to replace manager Walter Mazzarri, but De Laurentiis confirmed:
"As the season progressed and we saw that we had serious chances of playing in the Champions League, we considered hiring Andre Villas-boas after he had a great season with Porto.
"The money would not have been any obstacle because I wanted a big project. We considered him but ultimately felt it was best to keep Mazzarri."
The decision not to step up their pursuit of the Chelsea chief, is fundamentally what resulted in one of Europe's brightest young managers arriving in the Barclays Premier League.