If you thought that Jose Mourinho signed every player he wanted this summer, you’d be mistaken.
The Portuguese boss may have added Eric Bailly (£30m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free) and Paul Pogba (£89m) to his squad, but it seems that one transfer target escaped the clutches of the Special One.
That’s because new Chelsea signing N’Golo Kante has revealed his conversation with Mourinho before his summer move from Leicester.
Unsurprisingly, the Frenchman was extremely sought-after this summer after his incredible performances for the Foxes helped them win the Premier League last season.
Although it was Antonio Conte that eventually won the battle to sign him, Kante has explained what Mourinho said to him as he attempted to sign him.
Kante on Mourinho's approaches
“It was amazing to have Mourinho call me, even though I’d been warned before how he would appeal to me,” he said, per The Sun.
“I listened to his arguments about why I should move to United.
“But at that time I was hesitant between staying at Leicester or leaving for Chelsea.
“My discussions with them were already well underway. But when I spoke, I had a good feeling with Conte.”
Kante managed to turn down Mourinho’s advances and made a £30 million move to Stamford Bridge where he has made an immediate impact.
The midfielder may have stood out for Leicester last season, with Claudio Ranieri’s men lacking any real stars, but at Chelsea he is joined with the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Willian.
Kante on Chelsea's dressing room
And Kante has explained how being the biggest star in the dressing room doesn’t really interest him.
“At Chelsea I’m in a star-studded dressing room,” Kante added.
“Being the star of the game doesn’t interest me. That’s the highest level, unless you have exceptional qualities.
“Yes, I feel I’m a pretty complete player, but I’m not an outstanding player.
“Someone like Riyad Mahrez, yes, he has a real technical talent.”
So, Mourinho was keen to sign Kante this summer but failed. It does beg the question; if he had convinced him to join Old Trafford, would he have still splashed £89 million on Pogba? We’ll never quite know.