Reports are indicating that Real Madrid were desperate for Jose Mourinho not to join Tottenham a fortnight ago.
Tribal Football quoted The Sun as saying that Real were willing to offer Mourinho pre-contract terms worth £12m to wait for the Madrid job to become available.
However, Mourinho had already made his decision to join Tottenham.
The report added that Real Madrid were not the only club whose approaches to Mourinho were in vain.
Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Lyon all wanted him, while Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande were willing to pay him £40m a year after tax.