Chelsea were forced into signing Kepa Arrizabalaga after missing out on Alisson Becker.
The Liverpool stopper has made his name as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet having left Roma for £67m back in 2018.
However, his career could have planned out very differently had he of accepted a move to Stamford Bridge rather than Anfield.
The Liverpool Echo have reported that Sarri made a last ditch attempt to convince the Brazilian to join Chelsea over the phone, with the Blues forced to delay their plans that summer as Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid was finalised.
However, the Italian failed in his quest and Roma sporting director Monchi opened conversation with an eager Liverpool.
Maurizio Sarri wanted to sign Alisson before getting Kepa Arrizabalaga
He said: “When a very substantial offer comes in you have to consider it.
“We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool.”
Chelsea signed Kepa for a world record £71m just 20 days later, with the 23-year-old Spaniard now behind veteran Willy Caballero in Frank Lampard’s pecking order.
Kepa is now at risk of missing out on a starting berth for Spain at Euro 2020 due to his lack of playing time at club level, with Lampard dismissing that as not of his concern.
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“I can only pick the team from a Chelsea view. I haven’t discussed it with him.
“I keep coming back to the same thing, it’s how well you train — he is training well — and, when you get the opportunity to play, how well you play. That’s all I see.
“I understand all my international players have ambitions but the rules remain the same.
“He must have a positive attitude and I’m a fair man, I don’t know if all the players will say that — 11 will tomorrow and another 11 next week.
Alisson Becker joined Liverpool and won the Champions League last season