England international Luke Shaw was hot property this summer as a number of clubs were linked with signing him from Southampton.
As it was, Manchester United beat reported transfer rivals Chelsea to his signature and concluded a £27million deal for the 18-year-old.
Despite the Blues needing a long-term left-back at the time to fill the void for the departed Ashley Cole, boss Jose Mourinho has since stated his contentment at missing out to United for the defender - citing possible financial problems as his reasoning.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead. We would have killed our stability with financial fair play, and killed the stability in our dressing room,” he said, quoted by the Mirror.
"Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid - a good player, fantastic player - but when you pay that amount of money, the next day, we would have had players knocking on our door.
"They would have been saying 'How is it possible I play 200 games for this club, won this and that, yet a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?'
"It would've killed immediately our balance, and we couldn't allow that."
Not long after Luke Shaw made his headline making move to Old Trafford, Chelsea finally completed the signing of Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid following lengthy negotiations.
The West Londoners paid a reported £15.8million for the 28-year-old and his top-level experience will be valuable during Mourinho’s bid to win major silverware next season