Chelsea had agreed a sensational £62m fee to bring coveted Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to the club, only for the player to turn down the switch – according to reports in the Express.
The France star has been strongly mooted with a move to a host of elite clubs during the window, and reports suggest the Stamford Bridge side had a deal in place with the Old Lady, which could have included a player heading in the opposite direction.
It would have been the most expensive move in British history, though the 22-year old is said to have rejected the chance to ply his trade in West London under Jose Mourinho, having joined the Turin outfit from Manchester United in 2012.
Some reports indicate that the Frenchman’s agent, Mino Raiola, had brokered a deal with the Blues that would have seen his client receive a staggering £8.7m a year.
Since leaving Old Trafford, the explosive midfield maestro has won three consecutive Serie A titles, as well as reaching the Champions League final last year in the 3-1 loss against Barcelona.
Mourinho secured deals for Michael Hector and Papy Djilobodji on deadline day, having already signed the likes of Pedro, Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic.