It was not the most exciting of January transfer windows for many clubs, including Chelsea.
Despite their transfer ban being overturned in December, the Blues decided not to bring in any players in the winter transfer window, despite Frank Lampard repeatedly stating the need to add to the squad.
The Blues boss was keen on bringing in an attacker to help ease the goalscoring burden from Tammy Abraham over the rest of the season, with moves eyed for Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani, among others.
However, deadline day passed with no new additions at Stamford Bridge, though one of Chelsea’s rivals were active.
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Manchester United were in a similar situation to Chelsea, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to bring in a striker following Marcus Rashford’s back injury that will rule him out for most of the rest of the season.
Despite links to Mertens and Cavani, as well as the likes of Salomon Rondon, Islam Slimani and others, United eventually agreed a loan deal until the end of the season for Odion Ighalo.
The former Watford striker has been in China since 2017, but has made a surprise return to the Premier League, and two former Chelsea stars believe his move to Old Trafford shows how far the club has fallen.
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink both played for Chelsea at a time when United’s forward line included the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney among others.
And with the two sides facing each other next in the Premier League, the former Blues duo state that it’s simply the fact that the top strikers no longer want to move to Manchester United.
“It comes back to the time of the season of this [Ighalo] transfer as well,” Gudjohnsen told Sky Sports. “I don’t think any of the best strikers are available.
“I don’t think any of the best strikers are eager to join United…