All was quiet at Stamford Bridge as the transfer window inched towards its conclusion. Chelsea’s business – barring the late addition of young striker Mason Burstow – was done. Although it never truly got going with Thomas Tuchel largely content with his first-team squad.
The Blues’ only genuine attempt to ‘sign’ a player last month came early; Tuchel wanted Emerson Palmieri brought back from his loan spell at Lyon to provide cover at left wing-back with Ben Chilwellset to miss the remainder of the campaign.
Chelsea did what they could and even offered the Ligue 1 side a rather humbling compensation fee of around £3million to reclaim the Italian international. But Lyon stood firm and that was very much that for the Blues in the transfer market.