Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos has claimed that only a last-minute hitch stopped him from making the switch to Chelsea back in 2007.
Having spent a successful 11-years at Real Madrid, the Brazilian football legend was available for free a development which naturally alerted Chelsea.
However, the defender instead made a switch to Fenerbahce, despite acknowledging that it was only a matter of signing a deal with the Premier League outfit.
Speaking to Goal.com, the 47-year-old said: “I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce, but, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.
“It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon. Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn’t work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.”
“It was all agreed, though, and I am 100% sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.”
Former Real Madrid defender went on to spend the next three years in Turkey, taking part in total of 104 games in all competitions