Balotelli’s family secured the young Italian a trial at Barca in June 2006. However, doubts about his attitude meant the deal never went ahead despite scoring an impressive five goals.
Kylian Mbappe once had a trial at Chelsea before he decided to join Monaco’s youth team.
It is even rumoured the Blues had the opportunity to sign the striker for just £17,000, but decided against it. However, the fact Mbappe, now, 18, also turned down Real Madrid before settling in the south of France suggests Chelsea never stood a chance of nabbing this budding young player.
Today, he is thought to be worth around £100m. Here, though, talkSPORT.com looks at players who were rejected by big clubs when they were younger, beginning with Mario Balotelli and Barcelona, who will definitely feel they dodged a bullet.
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