Chelsea were working on an agreement to bring Sergio Aguero to the Premier League before he signed Manchester City only for skipper John Terry to advise versus signing him.
The Argentine striker transferred to Manchester in 2011 and has been one of the division’s all-time most prolific players, netting 173 goals – he is just two goals behind Thierry Henry in sixth place, and four behind Frank Lampard.
He has supported City win four Premier League titles and the FA Cup, but he very nearly transferred to Stamford Bridge instead of the Etihad.
According to The Athletic, the Blues made their first enquiry for Aguero two years before he signed City, though were initially put off by the transfer fee and salary demands.
Discussions resumed while Carlo Ancelotti was in charge, but captain Terry – who, along with several key personnel at the time, wielded a tremendous amount of influence – vetoed the deal.
Terry was reportedly not a huge supporter of the diminutive Argentine having performed against him twice in the Champions League.
The English centre-back is supposed to have been unimpressed by Aguero’s movement and passed on his critique to Chelsea’s hierarchy.
He also recommended that the club should sign David Villa – who was still at Valencia at the time – ahead of Aguero and even namechecked the Spaniard after winning the FA Cup Final in 2009.
But Villa transferred to Barcelona, winning the Champions League, while Chelsea’s interest in Aguero cooled after Terry’s assessment – though they did try and join him again before he opted for City.
Ironically, Aguero had netted twice against a Terry-led Chelsea defence with Atletico before moving to City and has been productive against the west Londoners ever since, scoring 15 times versus the Blues in 18 matches– there is no side in the Premier League he has scored more times against.