Fernando Torres nearly missed out on a return to Atletico Madrid after the Spanish giants' hierarchy refused to do business with Chelsea in the summer, according to AS Marca.
The former Liverpool striker has since finalised a return to the club in which he started his career, but only after AC Milan agreed a permanent deal with the Blues to take him off the Premier League giants' hands.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone was keen to bring El Nino back to the Spanish capital following the departures of Diego Costa and David Villa in the summer, but club president Miguel Angel Gill was adamant that the Blues would not been contacted over a potential deal.
He was understandably upset at losing Costa, who had helped fire them to the La Liga title last season, but was also irked by the departure of Filipe Luis, who has since spent the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge sat on the subs bench.
Thibaut Courtois had spent the last three years on loan at the Vincente Calderon, but was recalled by his parent club despite them already having Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer at their disposal.
Milan move now formalised
With Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba all being recruited by Mourinho, Torres was shipped out to Milan charged with the task of spearheading their rebuilding work under new manager Filippo Inzaghi.
However in 10 league games for the Italian giants he found the net just once, and with Atletico offering out-of-favour Alessio Cerci to the San Siro outfit found himself in the middle of a three-party negotiation.
The ex-Torino winger only left Serie A last summer, but will return in the colours of the Rossoneri who are also keen to sign a new striker, with Javier Hernandez's loan spell at Real Madrid being monitored if Carlo Ancelotti opts against signing him on a permanent deal from Manchester United.