Agent: Blues tried to sign Adriano

The agent of Inter Milan striker Adriano has claimed Chelsea attempted to sign the Brazilian during the winter transfer window.

The powerful forward rose to prominence during Brazil's 2005 Confederations Cup win - where he top-scored with five goals - and later at the 2006 World Cup.

And he was the subject of constant speculation during January, being linked with a move away from the San Siro having fallen out of favour with coach Jose Mourinho.

But although reports suggested Chelsea's bitter London rivals Tottenham were interested in signing the striker on loan, Adriano's agent has revealed that the Blues did hold talks about bringing the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge. "He [former Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari] really wanted Adriano, we spoke about him many times," Gilmar Rinaldi told Radio Kiss Kiss. "But overall he spoke with [Inter Milan sporting director] Marco Branca and in the end they decided together that they would allow Adriano to remain at Inter. It is the ideal place for him to return to and express his best performances."

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