Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reveals he tried to sign Bruno Fernandes when he was still in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.
Fernandes has quickly established himself as one the Premier League's standout performers, having registered 15 goals 10 assists in the 25 appearances this season.
While the Red Devils only needed to splash out £47million for the Portugal international in Janury last year, Tuchel claims PSG tried very hard to get secure his services.
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"With my first sporting director in Paris, Antero Henrique, a Portuguese sporting director, and he knew [Fernandes] very well," Tuchel told reporters.
"We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team. I got made aware of him more in detail, so we watched more and more games about him and followed him and tried to be in touch with him to make it happen.
"Obviously, he decided [to sign for Manchester United] and I was never personally in touch with him, but we tried and he went another way. [It is] bad for us that we have to play against him."