The January transfer window has officially been closed for less than a week and already football supporters are looking ahead to the summer window opening for business.
As expected, the January window proved to be a quiet period for Chelsea as they did not feel the need to add any new faces to the squad after spending more than £220million on seven new additions last summer.
The headlines from Chelsea’s January window were the departures of Fikayo Tomori and Danny Drinkwater, both of whom left on loan for the remainder of the season in the hope of securing more regular first-team football.
Click to play
Tap to play
The video will auto-play soon8Cancel
The Blues, who will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce when they travel to Bramall Lane to face bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Sunday evening, were, however, linked with the likes of West Ham United midfield enforcer Declan Rice and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund throughout the window.
Despite those names regularly creeping up in the gossip columns, the Blues, realistically, were never going to land either Rice or Haaland last month because of the hefty-sized transfer tags attached to their names.
Although Chelsea are poised to retain their interest in Haaland ahead of the summer, their interest in England international Rice is poised to cool following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new head coach.
As well as being linked with Haaland, one report in the international media has claimed that the Blues are showing an interest in launching a sensational move to bring Belgian international Eden Hazard back to the club, less than two years after he swapped west London for Real Madrid.
According to Onda Cero – a Spanish radio station – Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s transfer guru, often meets up with Hazard’s representatives and would like him to…