According to extracts taken from Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric’s autobiography, via The Guardian, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich once met the player privately to discuss a potential transfer to Stamford Bridge – and the move looked likely to happen until Los Galacticos got involved.
Indeed, as per the Croatian’s official account of events, Chelsea’s magnate held a meet-up with Modric on numerous occasions to try and entice him with a west London switch, even hosting the midfielder on a yacht and bringing him to Stamford Bridge to watch the club in action.
Modric, who ended up signing for Real Madrid at the end of the 2011/12 season, claimed that he was flirting with the idea of moving to Chelsea after three successful seasons at Tottenham. However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, once the press got whiff of his desire to leave, made a public statement insisting that the player was not going anywhere.
Would Modric have been a Chelsea legend?
Yes, of course, 100%
What followed was a transfer saga which eventually lead to nothing despite Chelsea winning the Champions League that season, with the Croatia international eventually signing at the Bernabeu despite Abramovich’s ploys.
In hindsight, Levy’s intervention made it even more difficult for Chelsea to secure a deal, but landing Modric arguably would have been one of the Blues’ best signings of the decade.
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