The Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has claimed Chelsea had an offer of £35.6m for him rejected during the January transfer window.
According to reports in Germany, Chelsea moved for the Germany international on the final day of the window, suggesting it was an insurance policy in case their move for the Liverpool striker Fernando Torres failed.
“I only found out about the offer after the club had turned it down,” Gomez told Bild. “But it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. I am already at a top club and I am playing where I always wanted to.”
Gomez, 25, is top of the Bundesliga scoring charts with 16 goals in 14 starts, ahead of Papiss Demba Cissé of SC Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Theofanis Gekas.