Latest Chelsea transfer news: Willian deal blocked, new twist in Mertens chase, midfielder exit

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is rapidly running out of time to get deals over the line as the January transfer window edges towards its conclusion.

The window will slam shut at 11pm this evening, meaning managers all over Europe will have to settle for what they have until the window reopens again in the summer.

It has proven to be a quiet month at Stamford Bridge in terms of incomings, but as deadline day can so often prove, things can quickly change in a matter of hours, meaning there is still hope for Lampard to bolster his squad before the bell.

Though it seems more likely that Chelsea will save their cash for the summer, rumours are still continuing to circle ahead of tonight’s deadline.

Here are the very latest Chelsea transfer rumours.

Willian exit blocked

Sport Witness are reporting that Chelsea have put pay to any hopes Willian may have had of sealing a deadline day move to Barcelona, turning down a £20million offer from the European heavyweights.

Over the past few days, the Brazilian attacker had emerged as a surprise target for the La Liga club, but Chelsea are in no mood to sell.

The winger has been a key figure under Lampard this season, racking up 30 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with five goals.

Chelsea not alone in Mertens chase

Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Napoli and and Belgium ace Dries Mertens, report the Daily Star.

Mertens has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the past few days and, for a time, it seemed that the move may happen.

Now, though, United have over-taken the Blues in the race to sign the 32-year-old striker.

Midfielder poised for Saints switch

Young midfielder Jacob Maddox is closing in on a move to fellow Premier League side Southampton.

According to Football Insider, the 21-year-old has agreed personal terms after undergoing a medical with the South Coast outfit.

It was initially thought that Maddox would join the Saints on loan, but a permanent…