Chelsea, Liverpool and the four other clubs that failed with £45m January transfer

Chelsea did not do any business during the January transfer window.

The Blues did have a two-window transfer embargo handed down to them by FIFA for irregularities in signing youth players, but following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, that ban was reduced to one window.

They served that ban in the summer, meaning they were free to sign players in January.

However, they did not bring anyone in, although it was not for the want of trying.

The Blues were linked with a number of players, mainly in attacking areas, with the likes of Dries Mertens, Edinson Cavani, Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele players of interest.

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But Chelsea were looking at players in other areas too.

One player that garnered a lot of interest during the January transfer window was Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who was linked with Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool among others.

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And on deadline day Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce revealed that the Magpies had a £45million bid for an unnamed player accepted, but that the player did not want to leave.

He said: “We had a bid accepted that would nearly have been a transfer record. It was accepted by the club, but unfortunately the player wanted to stay where he was.”

That player was Soumare and it has since been revealed that Newcastle were not the only ones to make an offer.

According to l’Equipe, as per Get French Football News, Soumare also rejected moves to Chelsea, Liverpool, Wolves, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in January too in order to stay in France.

Soumare stayed true to his word, having admitted he did not want to leave Lille as he felt that he needed at least one full season as a starter in Ligue Un before making a move.


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