Chelsea agreed a fee with Inter Milan for midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, only for the player to reject a move to Stamford Bridge.
Blues boss Antonio Conte was hoping to wrap up a deal before the transfer deadline passed and Inter were happy to cash in on the 23-year-old Croatia international.
Brozovic’s agent, Miroslav Bicanic, claims that the two clubs had agreed on a fee and a deal looked to be on the cards until the midfielder opted to stay with Inter.
Interestingly Arsenal and Liverpool were also in the race to sign the highly-rated midfielder but later both the clubs pulled out of the race.
The player has been heavily linked with a move to a number of clubs in England but he wants to fight for his place at Inter, and looks set to pen a new deal.
“Yes, it is official Brozo will stay in Inter,” Bicanic told Goal. “Otherwise, he would have been on the plane to London and not with national team in Sisak. After he returns from Croatia, Marcelo will sign a new, improved contract with Inter.
“With it he will earn less than he would have if he had signed for Chelsea, but he feels comfortable in Inter, he knows the city and the club will play in Europa League. He didn’t want to rush to England because there is a new coach at Inter.”