Chelsea made a summer enquiry about Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez but the Argentine rejected the proposal, according to a report.
The west Londoners added significantly to their attack in the recent transfer market; Timo Werner signed from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig while winger Hakim Ziyech arrived from Eredivisie giants Ajax.
Indeed the Blues brought in a total of six major acquisitions, with their spending topping the £200 million mark.
According to a recent report by TuttoMercatoWeb, however, Chelsea also tried their hand at a deal for Lautaro.
The 23-year-old netted 21 goals and assisted seven others in 49 games last term. That made him one of the continent’s most prolific strikers, a trait Chelsea allegedly picked up on.
However, Lautaro declined the Blues’ offer, insisting that he’d only leave for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Indeed speculation over several months touted Blaugrana’s strong interest in the forward but a deal never materialised.
In fact, his entourage has insisted that there were no concrete bids from the Spanish giants.
The latest report, though, does not make clear whether the Blues’ enquiry came before or after they purchased Werner.
In any case, Martinez has pressed on this season with fantastic form, scoring three goals in three Serie A matches.
Fellow strike partner Romelu Lukaku has also scored a trio of goals in the Italian top flight.
Timo has also shown promise, scoring his first Chelsea goal against former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be sweating over the fitness of midfielder N’Golo Kante after the Frenchman was forced to miss France’s Nations League clash versus Croatia with a muscle injury.
He has started every Premier League match for Chelsea this campaign and the 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes of his country’s goalless draw with Portugal last weekend.
But Didier Deschamps left N’Golo out of his 23-man squad to face Croatia – a repeat of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final – with Rennes’ Steven Nzonzi coming into France’s starting eleven in Zagreb on Wednesday evening.
Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe netted either side of Nikola Vlasic’s stunning 64th-minute strike to seal a 2-1 win for the visitors.
According to L’Equipe, N’Golo appeared to train as normal this week but has been suffering with muscle discomfort which ruled the star out of the game.
He would have been in line to make his fifth start of the PL campaign at home to Southampton this weekend.
The Blues will also be assessing the fitness of summer acquisitions Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy over the next couple of days.
Ben recovered from an illness but had to withdraw from England’s training camp earlier this week with a pre-existing foot injury.
Edouard has been struggling with a thigh issue but is hopeful of being able to feature versus Southampton.
There was some great news for Chelsea this week, though, as Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech were pictured in training on Wednesday.
Victor Moses has departed Chelsea to play at Spartak Moscow for the 2020-21 term, the Blues confirmed on Thursday.
The 29-year-old star has barely featured at Stamford Bridge over the past few campaigns, spending most of his time elsewhere on temporary transfers.
That will be his fate once more this season, as he penned a loan deal with the Russian side which will run until the end of the term and includes a purchase option.
“Victor Moses has joined Spartak Moscow on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign,” the Blues revealed in a statement published on its official website.
“The Russian side are 10 games into their league season and sit second in the table, level on points with city rivals CSKA Moscow.”
Victor made the move to Stamford Bridge from Wigan back in 2012, having begun his career at local club Crystal Palace as a youth.
He enjoyed his most consistent run in the senior team under the stewardship of Antonio Conte from 2016-18, starting regularly in both of the Italian’s campaigns at Stamford Bridge and lifting the PL title in 2016-17.
Conte’s exit and the arrival of fellow countryman Maurizio Sarri, however, saw the winger fall out of consideration, leading to a loan transfer to Fenerbahce in January 2019.
That was the first of a series of temporary deals for him, who stayed on in Turkey for the first half of the 2019-20 term and was also reunited with Antonio earlier this year at Inter.
At international level Victor made 37 appearances for Nigeria prior to retiring from Super Eagles duty after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, netting 12 goals and helping the country win the 2013 African Cup of Nations.