Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he tried to sign Bruno Fernandes during his time at Paris Saint Germain.
Fernandes comes up against Tuchel Chelsea on Sunday and according to the German tactician, the Portuguese is an outstanding player and they will have to be wary of him when they clash at Stamford Bridge.
"We tried to make it happen. It was when we just arrived. My first sporting director in Paris knew (Fernandes) very well. We watched more and more games about him. We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team. We tried and he went another way. It is bad for us that we have to play against him (on Sunday)," Tuchel said.
Tuchel went ahead to describe Fernandes as one of the best midfielders in the world: "He was a big personality for Sporting and an effective goalscorer and an effective guy to make the other players around more dangerous.
"To come from Portugal, from a competitive team - a big club but not from the strongest league - and step to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and the strongest league in Europe, and to have this kind of impact, I have nothing but the biggest respect for this guy.
Fernandes has scored 34 goals in 60 games for United, who visit Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.