Chelsea Almost Bought Real Madrid Legend in Deal That Would Have Shattered Transfer Record

Chelsea Almost Bought Real Madrid Legend in Deal That Would Have Shattered Transfer Record

Ibitoye Shittu
January 28, 2022 at 3:59 PM
  • Raul Gonzalez was a target for Chelsea in 2003 when Blues' owner Roman Abramovich bough the Premier League side
  • The deal would have been the greatest ever as at that time but Spanish giants Real Madrid rejected the offer
  • At the Santiago Bernabeu, Raul won six Spanish La Liga titles and also three Champions League in incredible career

Information has emerged that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wanted to buy Real Madrid legend Raul in 2003 days after the Russian billionaire became landlord at Stamford Bridge.

When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, the businessman was ready to spend big and he indeed spent big to lure some of the world's stars to the Premier League side.

Claude Makelele, Joe Cole, Damien Duff, Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron were among the stars who moved to Chelsea years back after Roman Abramovich took over.

Raul of Real Madrid
Real Madrid legend Raul in action. Photo by Angel Martinez
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According to the report on Daily Star, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was actually interested in the signing of Raul.

Why was Roman Abramovich interested in Raul?

The report added that the Russian billionaire felt that Raul would be of great help to Chelsea in landing the Champions League and £71.4million was said to have been offered.

What did Real Madrid say to the offer?

As at the time when Chelsea made the offer for Raul, he was scoring good goals for Real Madrid and the Spanish giants turned their back to the Blues' massive amount.

Police arrest 2 men for what they did to important Chelsea star in clash against Spurs

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Police in the United Kingdom have arrested two men for their involvement in throwing objects at Chelsea big defender Antonio Rudiger during the Premier League clash against Tottenham.

Chelsea were impressive in the Premier League battle against Spurs as Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva scored the two goals that gave the Blues perfect win over their London rivals.

The incident occurred when Rudiger was near the away section with Spurs fans becoming frustrated by the 2-0 deficit against the Stamford Bridge landlords.

Antonio Rudiger alerted referee Paul Tierney to the incident but he decided not to take the matter further in the Premier League encounter.

Police tried their best to identify those who threw the objects at Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger and two have been arrested.

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