Chelsea has always produced lots of great talents for soccer in the last 15 years. Despite they have a pair of German strikers in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner they are still growing up talents like Mason Mount. But back in time they refused to sign who could now be considered the best soccer player in the world.
Yes, Kylian Mbappé was offered to the club and he could well have been part of the Blues squad by now, but the club rejected him for some strange reasons. It is obvious that now Thomas Tuchel would be furious to know despite he was still in Germany when this happened. We must move back to 2012 when he was just 13 years old.
The French boy was on trial at Stamford Bridge following former club's scout Serge Daniel Boga. The English side was the first one to give the chance for him to play in an evaluation match even before Real Madrid. Speaking with Goal.com, Boga mentioned a friend of him that was working for Nike and talked to him about Mbappé. When he brought it to London, he could see he was just as skilled as he is now.
Despite he was really skilled, as we know him now in 2021, he didn't show much commitment in terms of marking and defending. Following that, they wanted him to have a second trial in the club one week after. His mother argued with the scouts and told him to sign him in that moment, otherwise he would not come back, and would cost €50 million ($60 million) in five years. Curiously, six years after, not five, PSG paid over three times more that money: €180 million ($218 million).