Chelsea snubbed Salomon Rondon loan on Deadline Day in favour of signing nobody

Chelsea decided against a late move for Salomon Rondon as they decided not to take advantage of their transfer ban being reduced for January.

The Blues were said to be in the market for a striker, but plans seemed to change after Olivier Giroud’s potential move to Italy broke down.

News has now emerged that they were offered a loan deal for Salomon Rondon but they decided against it because they only wanted sign if it would improve their squad.

The Telegraph have reported that Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang were willing to let their striker leave on a temporary basis after their league season was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Venezuela striker might have favoured a move to ensure he wasn’t left in the dark about when he might return to professional action.

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Lampard admitted that he has been left frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to secure any exciting incoming deals, adding that his side have now become the underdogs in the race to finish in the top four.

He said when asked if he was disappointed: “Yes… every time I look at the TV another player signs for a club.

“That’s the transfer window.

“But if I’m looking at it with my business head on and looking around us in the table and I look at Manchester United obviously signing a big, big player (Bruno Fernandes), a world class player in my opinion, and the teams around us, Sheffield United making fantastic signings.

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“Tottenham have signed a few and they’re not far behind us.

“And not only have they signed a few, but a couple of players have left where obviously – not being too crude about it – the situation was they were towards the end of their contracts and maybe weren’t happy being at the club anymore.

“Sometimes that’s as important as bringing players in… from my view – and this is…