Chelsea secured the £32million signing of Eden Hazard in 2012 after a phone call from owner Roman Abramovich, who promised to triple the then Lille winger's wages, reports the Daily Mail.
According to AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia - who was in charge at Stade Pierre-Mauroy at the time - the Russian billionaire spoke to the Belgium international personally, in an attempt to lure the in-demand star to England.
The former Lille manager claims that former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba called his compatriot Gervinho in 2011 to ask if Hazard was with him at the training ground.
"Yes, he is here," said Gervinho. Hazard then took the phone to speak with Abramovich.
"I don't know how much you earn at Lille, but I will triple your salary," said the Chelsea chairman, according to Garcia.
The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form at Stamford Bridge this season, prompting Jose Mourinho to say that Hazard is the world's best player under the age of 24.
And, as he continues to light up the Premier League with his stellar performances, the extravagant amount of money paid to bring him to west London is increasingly justified with each and every game.