Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he tracked Poland international Robert Lewandowski during his time in charge of Chelsea.
Speaking to Goal.com, Ancelotti claims he has followed Lewandowski for a lengthy period, suggesting that he also wanted to bring the forward to Real Madrid.
The former Borussia Dortmund man went on to sign for Bayern Munich in 2014 and is now recognised as one of the best strikers in world football.
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However, if Ancelotti had his way, it could have been extremely different for the sublime striker. The ex-Chelsea boss told Goal: "He's a player that I have always followed, particularly in the first part of his career, when he was at Borussia Dortmund.
"Lewandowski was being followed by many clubs, not just me. But even when I was at Chelsea, I was tracking him.
"Also, while I was at Madrid, but by then he was already going to Bayern, so it was too late."
As out-and-out strikers go, Lewandowski is probably the best in Europe. His recent record speaks for itself and he has the credentials to lead Bayern to Champions League glory this term.
The Bavarians, of course, are preparing to take on Arsenal at the Emirates this evening and the Gunners will have to be at their very best to stop the 27-year-old making his mark on proceedings.
One thing is for sure, over in west London, Jose Mourinho wouldn't mind having Lewandowski at his disposal right now. The Portuguese tactician may well have Spain international Diego Costa in his ranks, but Lewandowski is an upgrade on any striker.
Chelsea, much like Arsenal, will be hoping to secure a positive result in Europe's elite competition tonight as they take on Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.
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