Sevilla ace Pablo Sarabia rejected a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window, reports claim.
The attacking midfielder, 26, has been in fine form this season, scoring 12 goals and registering ten assists.
Sarabia, who joined Sevilla from Getafe in 2016, is believed to have a release clause of just £15.4million.
And Mundo Deportivo claim Chelsea tried to sign Sarabia in January, but the Spaniard ‘declined the offer’.
In the end, the Blues’ only January signing was the loan capture of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus. The Argentina striker has scored three goals in eight appearances since linking up with Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Chelsea’s midfield has lacked creativity with the likes of Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho struggling to unlock Premier League defences, and Sarabia was clearly viewed as a potential solution to these problems.
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Chelsea have been slapped with a two-window ban by FIFA for breaching 29 transfer rules.
The club lodged an appeal with football’s governing body earlier this week in the hope of getting the ban temporarily lifted.
But if FIFA do not overturn the punishment, Chelsea will be unable to sign players until the summer of 2020.