Steven Gerrard and Pep Guardiola were both big-name stars that Roman Abramovich coveted. He tried but failed to lure them to Chelsea.
Liverpool legend Gerrard twice turned down the Russian billionaire’s overtures, while Bayern Munich manager Guardiola shunned Stamford Bridge for the Allianz Arena a year after leaving Barcelona.
To Gerrard and Pep you can now add an even bigger, scarcely believable name that Abramovich tried to recruit: that of football icon, Alex Ferguson.
The former Manchester United manager, arguably the greatest boss in all football history, has revealed that Chelsea tried to poach him.
The year was 2003 and Fergie had just scooped his eighth Premier League trophy at Old Trafford. Roman wanted a bit of the Glaswegian’s stardust but Fergie sent the Blues owner’s minions packing without a second thought.
Speaking to Charlie Rose on PBS, Ferguson said: "They [Chelsea] used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said, 'No chance.'"
Meanwhile, even on this website, there have been a few desperate pleas for Fergie to return in response to Manchester United’s shaky start to their first season without him.
But the living legend says he no longer even gets "worked up about Manchester United's results", and that he would not answer an emergency call from Old Trafford even if it were to come.
"I'm not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United's results. You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager,” he said.
"I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. I've got a new life. I want to go to the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France."