Emirates and White Hart Lane clubs, amongst others, wanted ex-Stamford Bridge boss.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both made summer enquiries to try and lure former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to their respective clubs as a scout.
The north London sides both made approaches to the Italian after he was sacked from his job at Stamford Bridge, according to Goal.com.
The 52-year-old announced in June he would take a year-long sabbatical from the game, only the second prolonged period of rest in his 16-year coaching career.
But this did not stop Spurs or the Gunners from trying to convince to get back into the game straight away.
“At the end of last season, Carlo was approached by Arsenal and Tottenham,” a friend of Ancelotti told Goal.
“There was dialogue and he would have accepted either of them if they had made a concrete offer.
“??However, Arsenal and Tottenham did not pursue their interest.”
They were not the only clubs interested in Ancelotti, with Inter Milan, Aston Villa (as exclusively revealed by Caughtoffside) and QPR all knocked on his door.
When Ancelotti returns to the game, he is expected to remain in England but at the moment is just weighing up his options.
“He loves English football and the Premier League,” added the friend. “He would sign tomorrow if any of the top four clubs made a serious offer.
“He wants an ambitious club where he has his own project and can design something, rather than take on a rescue job.
“But he is in no rush and is enjoying his sabbatical at the moment.”