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Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori almost joined Chelsea

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New Everton signing Ramiro Funes Mori has revealed he came close to signing for Chelsea, only for a passport issue to block the move.

The Argentina international joined the Toffees from River Plate for a fee of £9.5 million - making him the club's most expensive defender ever.

Mori made his debut as a substitute in the 3-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday that elevated Everton up to seventh in the Premier League with eight points.

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Now the 24-year-old has revealed he could have been playing on the other side of the field had a trial with Chelsea gone differently. Mori and his brother spent time with the Blues 'a few years ago', but problems with his passport meant the switch couldn't be made permanent.

“It can be said that it’s my second spell at England – I did a trial for Chelsea a few years ago alongside with my twin brother," he is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

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“We stayed at Chelsea for two weeks but had to leave because we didn’t have a European passport. Well, I still don’t have a European passport but Everton truly wanted me. So now I hope to be ready and get used to playing in the Premier League as soon as possible.”

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Mori, who was also Everton's most expensive signing of the summer, has already impressed new boss Roberto Martinez, who said the new-boy looked 'at home' during his 13-minute cameo.

Mori isn't the only defender who could have been playing for Chelsea on Saturday. The Blues had a number of offers for England international John Stones turned down over the summer before the window slammed shut.

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