Chelsea attempted to sign Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery for €80 million in 2009, according to the Express.
The report has suggested that the 31-year-old, who has become a legend at the Bundesliga giants, held talks with Real Madrid officials when now Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal took over at the club.
And the same report has revealed that Premier League giants Chelsea were prepared to spend between €60 and €80m on the French superstar, whilst it was also suggested that their rivals Manchester City were ready to make a move for his services.
Despite looking set to leave the Allianz Arena, it appears that Bayern chiefs stopped him departing the club.
On his way out
Speaking to reporters, the wing wizard said: "I was pulled one way and then the other, that made my head spin.
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"I was on the verge of leaving, then had two, three conversations with (former general manager) Uli Hoeness and (chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. And they were really cool, I will never forget that."
The Bayern hierarchy were certainly right in trying to persuade the winger to stay on at the club, as he's enjoyed great success in Germany in recent years. As well as numerous Bundesliga titles, he's also helped the club land Champions League silverware as well as winning a number of individual awards.
Chelsea, on the other hand, haven't done too badly themselves, despite missing out on the player's signature. Much like Bayern, the Blues have also enjoyed European success in recent years, and will now be hoping to excel on the elite stage once again this season.
There's no doubt about it, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are two of the favourites to claim Europe's elite prize this term, but both sides endured contrasting nights yesterday evening. Chelsea destroyed Schalke by five goals to nil in Germany, whilst Bayern lost to Manchester City 3-2 on English soil.
With both sides into the Round of 16 of the competition, they could yet go head-o-head in the latter rounds later this season.
Chelsea fans: Would Ribery have been worth the €80m that your club were prepared to pay for him? Have your say in the comments section below!
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