Brazilian midfielder Willian had signed a deal with Tottenham before Chelsea made a late move for him, reports The Times.
The 25-year-old was all set to sign for Tottenham in the summer, with Spurs having agreed a deal with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala worth around £30m.
However, a late bid from Chelsea threw a spanner in the works and, even though Willian had completed a medical at White Hart Lane, opted to join Jose Mourinho's men instead.
According to The Times, Willian came even closer to completing his Tottenham move than previously thought, having even put pen to paper on a lucrative deal before pulling the plug on the move.
The Brazilian playmaker has since played a bit-part role for Chelsea this season having yet to make his Premier League debut.
Today would be a hostile day to do so, as Chelsea visit White Hart Lane where fans will undoubtedly still be licking their wounds after being rejected by the £32m man.
More spice has been added to the London derby with Mourinho set to face his protégé for the first time since their relationship broke down at Inter Milan.
AVB said of Mourinho earlier this week: "We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don't have now.
"I don't think we need explanations on friendship and personal relationships. But our relationship broke down."
Mourinho hit back later in his press conference by saying: “It’s a personal thing, and I’m not here to discuss that. I don’t care about what he says. I’m not interested.
“If I have something to discuss here, we go upstairs, have lunch and speak about it. I’m not here to discuss it in public."
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