CHELSEA’s hectic transfer summer lasted until the last moment of the window.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria were both announced last night and the Blues are also said to have failed in a late try for PSV Eindhoven star Ibrahim Sangare.
According to Eindhovens Dagblad, Chelsea contacted the Dutch club this week about a possible signing of the midfielder.
The Blues are said to have been willing to pay £39million to sign the 24-year-old.
However, PSV rejected the approach as the Dutch transfer window closed a day before the UK deadline and they were unable to replace the Ivory Coast international.
Had Chelsea expressed a desire to sign Sangare earlier, the Blues could have gotten a cheaper deal.
Sangare had a £32million release clause but signed a new five-year deal in August that waived the clause.
The midfielder has also been the subject of reported interest from Manchester United and Leicester in recent months.
Chelsea ended up signing Zakaria from Juventus on a year-long loan deal to provide cover in the middle of the park.
The Blues have the option of signing the 25-year-old for £30million next summer.
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But despite Todd Boehly splashing the cash in his first window as owner, signing a midfielder proved difficult.
As well as Sangare, Chelsea also failed to sign Edson Alvarez from Ajax for £43m.
The Dutch champions blocked his exit – although Alvarez went on strike to force a transfer.
And elsewhere, British sanctions meant a deadline for Russian midfielder Arsen Sacharyan failed.
A £12.6million deal with Dynamo Moscow had been agreed but fell through due to sanctions imposed by Britain against Russia in the war in Ukraine.
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