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Why did Chelsea not do any business in January?

Why did Chelsea not do any business in January?
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Chelsea fans were eagerly waiting for the winter transfer window, with them having a mini wing-back crisis with both Reece James and Ben Chilwell out with long-term injuries.

Cesar Azpilicueta has had to fill in at right-wing-back or right-back, and either one of Marcos Alonso or Malang Sarr filled in at left-wing-back or left-back.

Chelsea tried their level best to try and call back Emerson Palmieri from his loan spell at Lyon, however the French side denied the request even when Chelsea offered a €3 million compensation fee.

Lyon opted to keep the Italian and completely shut the door on Chelsea.

Chelsea were also linked with Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa but they were just rumours and nothing officially took place between the two clubs.

Chelsea were also linked with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who had worked under Thomas Tuchel during his time at Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Barca want Dembele off their books, but the French forward was not eager on the proposals put forward in January, and opted to wait until the summer for a move instead.

Tuchel had recently praised the Frenchman during an interview with Sky Sports

saying ‘He is one of the most technically gifted players' that he had ever coached.

There were rumours that Dembele was ready to move to Chelsea, however this deal did not take place as Chelsea had a lot of attacking talent available to them.

Chelsea are looking to acquire the services of Dembele in the summer transfer window, and might make a move for him then.

The only outgoing that Chelsea had for January was that of Lewis Baker, who left for Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

How would you rate Chelsea's January transfer window?


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