What happened to Edinson Cavani, Dries Mertens and the other stars linked to Chelsea in January

It was a frustrating January transfer window for Chelsea as the deadline came and went without any new signings for Frank Lampard’s first team squad.

After the Blues had their transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Chelsea were able to sign players in January, having been unable to do so in the summer transfer window.

But despite being able to register new players, there were no new arrivals to boost Lampard’s squad in their bid to try and finish in the Premier League top four this season, while the Blues are also still in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Many players were linked with Chelsea, including the likes of Edinson Cavani, Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho and Dries Mertens, but no moves failed to materialise.

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So what has happened to those players who Chelsea were linked with in the January transfer window?

We take a look below.

Edinson Cavani

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was strongly linked with a move away from the French capital in January, after making it clear he wanted to leave the club.

Chelsea were among the interested parties, along with Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

But the Uruguayan stayed with PSG instead, with the 32-year-old now set to see out his contract with the Ligue 1 giants.

Cavani made his first appearance for PSG since January 13 as he came off the bench in their 5-0 win against Montpellier last Saturday.

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Timo Werner

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