As West Ham United attempted to force through a last-gasp deal for Kurt Zouma, it was easy to forget they’d been here before.
Just ten months earlier, David Moyes and co were hard at work trying to convince another Chelsea defender to swap Stamford Bridge for the London Stadium.
But while West Ham would eventually get Zouma over the line, paying a cool £29 million for the France international, their pursuit of Antonio Rudiger ended in disappointment.
The Hammers, at one point, were apparently confident of securing the German’s signature (Mirror).
But once Rudiger made it clear he wanted to fight for his place at Chelsea – The Telegraph claims the former Roma man had no intention of putting pen to paper at West Ham – the deal was dead in the water, all those weeks of negotiations wasted.
With all due respect to a West Ham side that finished within touching distance of a Champions League place last season, and could do so again this term, Rudiger was confident better offers would arrive.
And no, we don’t mean Spurs.
According to Goal, the £29 million powerhouse that is Antonio Rudiger rejected Tottenham Hotspur too on the final day of the 2020 summer transfer window.
Now, less than 12 months later, Rudiger suddenly finds himself in a position of real strength.
At 28, he’s in the form of his life for the reigning European champions, emphasised by another colossal performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 triumph over Zenit St Petersburg. And, with his contract expiring in 2022, Rudiger could soon have Chelsea dancing to his tune.
Either the Blues meet his demands or he walks for free. According to Goal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are interested – two clubs who Chelsea would consider genuine challengers to their European throne and two clubs they’d hate to lose arguably their finest centre-half to.
In the space of one year, Rudiger has gone from turning down West Ham and Tottenham to potentially joining forces with Lionel Messi at PSG.
It’s funny how things turn out.
In other news, Some Spurs fans believe possible transfer for £135k-a-week ace ‘will not happen’