Six months before transferring to Paris Saint Germain from Sao Paulo for £35m, gifted Brazilian attacker Lucas Moura, now 21, had Premier League options as Manchester United had reported interest while recent statements from the player himself indicate that not only were Chelsea keen on recruiting him, but they made a firm bid of £32.5m and had defender David Luiz attempt to sweet talk the winger when both were on international duty.
Sparingly used in his first season, Moura has made a total of 29 appearances in Ligue 1 this term - 15 of which have been starts. In that time he has supplied nine assists and three goals while returning an 87% passing accuracy, creating a total of 43 chances and completing, on average, 2.4 dribbles per game.
Despite his emerging talent at elite-level, it is difficult to imagine where he would currently fit in to Jose Mourinho's Blues, especially as Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard have been so exquisite at various points this season and, in the case of the latter, throughout the entire campaign.
Recalling the Chelsea interest in him, Moura said, as quoted by The Guardian: "David [Luiz] was very enthusiastic about Chelsea and if you follow anything of football these days you have to know they are a force to be reckoned with but PSG had a project that looked quite interesting because they wanted to do something similar to what happened at Chelsea."
On another reason why he elected to shun the Stamford Bridge side in favour of the Parc des Princes outfit, Moura added: "They also have a lot of Brazilians there."
PSG host Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash this evening, prior to the return fixture at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday week.