Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign Neymar and asked Chelsea to sign the Brazilian after it became clear he would be leaving Real Madrid.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Mourinho did initially want Santiago Bernabeu president Florentino Perez to beat Barcelona to Neymar’s signature.
Barcelona eventually won the race as Sandro Rosell had acted more quickly than his rivals and Neymar’s desire was for a switch to Camp Nou.
However, the report claims it was by no means a forgone conclusion and Santos were willing to sell to the highest bidder.
Once Mourinho realised his time at Real Madrid was up, he then indicated to Chelsea he wanted Neymar at Stamford Bridge when he arrived.
The report claims Mourinho saw the 21-year-old as the perfect statement of ambition to return to Chelsea with after a damaging season that saw him finish without a major trophy.
Neymar was linked with a move to Barcelona for some time and there was little surprise when they announced they would be unveiling him as a new signing on Monday.
However, this latest report from Spain suggests it wasn’t so cut and dried a deal that many believed it to be.