Now City want Chelsea left-back Bridge. Manager Mark Hughes was confident he could prise the England international away from Stamford Bridge with the promise of regular first team football and a healthy pay rise.
But Abramovich has made it clear to club officials he will not do business with City - at any price.
Bridge only signed a new four-year contract in the summer worth around £85,000 a-week. It's claimed City would offer a staggering £120,000 a-week to get their man when the January window opens.