Chelsea have the financial firepower to rival any these days, and when it comes to transfer windows they are unsurprisingly linked with almost anyone. I think those in charge of the club understand the ramifications of Financial Fair Play, but clearly the tabloids that conjure up half of these fantasies aren’t quite as familiar.

The Premier League club have never failed to surprise in the window, but some of the rumours this January were bordering on the ridiculous.

With this in mind here are the SIX deals that never had a chance of getting going this January.

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