Chelsea reportedly swooped in the eleventh hour for Tottenham’s marquee summer signing and even enlisted the help of Thiago Silva to try and hijack the transfer.
The west London club approached the transfer window with a scattergun of sorts, moving from target to target and making late moves for a number of players who ended up at different clubs.
Chelsea asked about the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha although all three players only wanted to play for Barcelona while they also tried to sign Matthijs de Ligt but he chose Bayern Munich.
The Blues have also been rumored to have made a late attempt to sign Richarlison from Everton, although the Brazilian ultimately opted to join Spurs in a £60m deal.
Now transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed on his Here We Go podcast how close Chelsea came to hijacking the Richarlison transfer when Todd made an offer to Boehly the night before his scheduled medical treatment.
However, Everton turned down the offer – which was less than the package Spurs agreed – while they also felt they had given their word to Tottenham and it was too late to pull out.
Chelsea were also keen to include players in the deal, which would have complicated the process when Everton needed a cash injection.
The west Londoners have also enlisted the help of one of their star players, veteran centre-back Thiago Silva, to reach Richarlison on the eve of his move to Tottenham.
Silva sent several messages to his compatriot, who he knows from the Brazil national team, to ascertain how far along the move to Spurs was and whether he would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge instead.
Chelsea and Silva’s pitch came too late, however, as Richarlison had already committed to joining Spurs and the Blues had to explore other options instead.
Thomas Tuchel was keen to bring more depth to his attacking options over the course of the summer and after missing out on Richarlison, instead looked to sign the forward’s old Everton team-mate Anthony Gordon.
But with their finances boosted by the sale of the Brazilian, the Toffees weren’t under any selling pressure and it would have taken a bid of over £60m to convince them to cash in.
Instead, Chelsea decided to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona – paying a sizable fee and swapping Marcos Alonso as part of the deal – and the Gabonese international made his debut in Tuesday’s surprise Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
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