Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was keen on bringing star strikers Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge last summer.
However, the Portuguese coach added that a deal for either striker was practically impossible to pull off because of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
When asked whether FFP was the reason why he failed to sign Falcao and Cavani last summer, Mourinho told reporters: "Correct. Because of transfer fees and salaries.
"Players are not just about transfer fees, but big wages. Of course there's a certain profile of player we don't go near."
Both Falcao and Cavani ended up joining France’s two oil-rich clubs, AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain respectively, in separate deals worth over £50m.
Despite not being able to spend a relative fortune on a single player last summer, Chelsea still forked out hefty fees for Andre Schurrle, Marko van Ginkel and Willian.
While last month they spent big on Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma and Mohamed Salah - but only after offloading Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne for a combined £54.1m.
Mourinho, however, relishes the challenges of working within the new FFP regulations.
He added: “It's even better and even more enjoyable work, I think."