Former Brazil and Inter star Adriano has revealed that he was joining Manchester City in 2008 – until future Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stopped him.
It was 2008 and City had been taken over by Sheikh Mansour, with offers flying out to secure big names before the transfer window closed, and Adriano has revealed that a deal for him was in motion.
However, Mourinho had just arrived at Inter and stepped in, persuading the troubled but talented Brazilian to stick around.
“When he [Mourinho] arrived [in 2008], I was going to Manchester City, but he asked me to give that up,” Adriano told DAZN.
“He wanted to see me and talk to me. He was a very important coach to me.
“At that time, in addition to City, I was also contacted by Chelsea. But I chose to stay at Inter. A few months later, Real Madrid came for me, but I did not go either.”
Adriano’s stay at Inter would soon end anyway, as he joined Flamengo in his homeland before hopping around several clubs before eventually retiring in 2016.
The striker, who never quite fulfilled his potential due to personal issues, was part of Brazil’s “magic quartet” alongside Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaká at the 2006 World Cup, and scored 27 goals in 47 appearances for his country.