Chelsea will reportedly miss out on the signing of Saul Niguez before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Spanish midfielder looks set to stay at Atletico Madrid after talks died out with the Blues.
Saul was being linked with a last minute move to Stamford Bridge, with the hope of a deal being done before Tuesday's deadline.
However, that looks as though it will not happen after all, meaning Chelsea will have to rely on their current options in the middle of the park.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that the Blues made an offer to take Saul on loan with an option to buy earlier this week.
But they were keen to make it an obligation to buy instead to ensure they would benefit financially.
Saul is also believed to have realised he will be behind N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the pecking order to play in the two-man pivot, rendering him a much less attractive back-up option.
A switch to Chelsea appeared to be Saul's last hope of a move away from Atleti before the end of the window.
But he is still thought to be on good terms with manager Diego Simeone, and has started both of their La Liga games so far this season, suggesting he will still get plenty of game time in the Spanish capital.
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has strongly suggested that they could still make more signings before Tuesday's deadline.
"Well we are hoping; we still have some ideas and we are trying," he replied when asked if more signings were possible this summer.
"And not all decisions are taken regarding also to our squad. So there are some negotiations going on and we are aware of all the situations.
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"Hoping as in meaning that we need something to make the coach happy or to be competitive? Absolutely not.
"Because I'm happy with the squad as it is, and I have a lot of confidence we are absolutely competitive on a high level.
"But still all eyes are open, and we are aware of all situations and you never know in football.
"But in the moment we are focused on the game tomorrow (Saturday) and there are not many days left to take big decisions, so it's all good so far."
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