Legendary Brazil star Roberto Carlos ‘agreed’ Chelsea transfer and only had to sign contract before deal collapsed – The Sun
LEGENDARY full-back Roberto Carlos has revealed that he came "very close" to joining Chelsea in 2007.
The Brazilian icon's glittering Real Madrid career was coming to an end after 527 appearances and 13 trophies – but at 34 many people still thought he had something to offer.
And it turns out that Jose Mourinho, then in his first spell at Stamford Bridge, was one of them.
The Portuguese already had Ashley Cole, who had arguably succeeded Carlos as the world's finest left-back, at his disposal – but could have upgraded on deputy Wayne Bridge.
Carlos himself, now 47, has lifted the lid on just how close he came to joining the Blues.
He told Goal: "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.
I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.
"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 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics."
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