Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is never short on words and in a press conference divulged why Chelsea did not pursue their interest in Luke Shaw any further, allowing title rivals Manchester United to sign their target unperturbed.
"If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead," said Mourinho.
"We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in our dressing room, because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid - a good player, fantastic player - but when you pay that amount of money, the next day, we would have had players knocking on our door.
"They would have been saying, 'How is it possible I play 200 games for this club, won this and that, yet a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?"'
Chelsea have curbed their spending in recent years in accordance with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations. As such Chelsea have only spent big on proven players who have been operating on a world class level for several years.
When Chelsea do buy younger players in Shaw's age bracket, they tend to be for low fees and loaned out immediately, to either gain more experience or fetch a higher transfer fee for a profit.
At £27 million (world's most expensive teenager and fourth most expensive defender of all time) and wages estimated to be £100,000 a week, Luke Shaw would have represented a massive risk for Chelsea and a departure from their recent transfer dealings.