Chelsea are no doubt one of the successful club in England. It would be a dream come true for some players to play for Chelsea. We’ve taken a look back at some of the biggest names who rejected a move to the Stamford Bridge for one reason or the other.
5. Roberto Carlos
Chelsea came close to bringing in one of the Premier League's greatest-ever imports during the summer transfer window of 2007. Roberto Carlos was looking for a new team after an 11-year trophy-laden career with Real Madrid. The then-34-year-old Brazilian was a free agent after winning 13 trophies in the Spanish city. Carlos indicated years after the transfer window that he was'very close' to joining Chelsea in 2007. In an interview with Goal a decade later, Roberto Carlos recounted the specifics of the incident. According to the Brazilian. It was pretty close with Chelsea." It was literally agreed upon, and all I had to do was go to the location and sign the contract. It had only been a week after I had signed with Fenerbahce, and I had traveled to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and (former chief executive) Peter Kenyon, but it didn't work out due to a few minor details."
4. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe, the star of Paris Saint-Germain, disclosed in February 2020 that he had a tryout at Chelsea when he was younger. He was called for a trial at Chelsea when he was just 11 years old, and the World Cup winner claims he couldn't believe he'd been invited to London at the time. However, his parents intervened to prevent him from joining the Premier League, which he now thinks was the finest option for his growth.
3. Allison Becker
Chelsea were extensively connected with then-AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker before spending a world-record €80 million on Kepa Arrizabalaga. The 28-year-old was coming off a fantastic club and country season in 2017-18. That season, Alisson was named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year and Brazil won the 2018 Copa America. Alisson was one of the hottest properties in the 2018 summer transfer window, with a total of 22 clean sheets for club and country. Chelsea was one of the clubs interested in signing the Brazilian, and when arch-rivals Liverpool joined the battle, it quickly became a passionately disputed transfer story. Alisson eventually moved to Anfield for €62.5 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world at the time. Alisson gave the following explanation for rejecting the Blues in a later interview: "I chose Liverpool for the same reason I chose Roma when I originally left Brazil: I believed it was the ideal option for my career." Chelsea was changing managers and would not be competing in the Champions League.
2. Steven Gerrard
Liverpool star Steven Gerrard revealed how he came close to joining Chelsea in 2004. The Reds icon won nine trophies throughout his 27 years at the club, including the Champions League on that unforgettable Istanbul night in 2005. Chelsea launched a £20 million bid for the midfielder in 2004, with the intention of pairing him with England teammate Frank Lampard. Gerrard explored the transfer at the time, stating that he was dissatisfied with Liverpool's progress and saying, "For the first time in my career, I've considered the notion of going on." After receiving death threats from enraged supporters, he decided to remain at Anfield.
1. Virgil Van Dijk.
Chelsea wanted Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk before he moved to Anfield in 2018. He moved to Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for £75 million and has since helped the Reds win the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. Van Dijk said why he chose Liverpool over Chelsea: "I made the decision based on numerous considerations." My gut instinct is usually the most essential factor, and I had a great feeling about (Liverpool) from the moment I heard they were interested. “I was undoubtedly happy and flattered by the other teams' interest, but Liverpool were the best in several areas, whether it was the coach, the players, the entire system we play, the supporters, the club's culture, the overall vibe.
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