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The six big things we learned about their season from the January transfer window

Chelsea will always play hardball – The move for Dzeko proved one thing, that Chelsea are not going to be pushed around when it comes to negotiations.

That can be viewed one of two ways. You can either think the club should be applauded for digging in their heels and not paying over the top prices, or you can think that they should be bending the rules to bring players in.

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However, Dzeko wanted a deal that would run until the end of the 2019/20 season, however that would go against the Blues’ policy of not offering more than one year to an over 30s player.

If they had allowed the Dzeko signing to happen, what would be the outcome when Chelsea’s current older players, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas, all looked to negotiate their new contracts and want a few years on deals.

Marina Granovskaia and Roman Abramovich will continue to play hardball and it’s hard to see how that will ever change.

The striker search was a mess

The one thing that Antonio Conte seemed desperate for in January was a striker to play back-up to Alvaro Morata and replace Michy Batshuayi for the rest of the season.

However, the search seemed to be a complete mess as there were links with Andy Carroll, Ashley Barnes and Peter Crouch, while a deal with Edin Dzeko didn’t come off.

Instead, Chelsea have probably fallen on their feet somewhat with Olivier Giroud as the striker is known Premier League goalscorer. However, the fact the move all came together towards the end made it seem that there was some desperation in the end.

There isn’t as much money in the coffers as you think

Something that the Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United highlighted was the fact that there probably isn’t as much money in the coffers as you would think.

Despite reports elsewhere suggesting there is money, it is understood that Chelsea were never really in the race for Sanchez and were never close to paying the massive wage demands that he is now being paid at Old Trafford.

New deals for Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard may well have been in mind as well but the Blues are not ready to splash all the cash straight away.

The six big things we learned about their season from the January transfer window

Things are not really cordial behind the scenes

Antonio Conte has always maintained that he is the head coach and not the manager, which means that he role in transfers and who comes into the club is not his juristiction.

Of course, he has a say about who he would like in the club but at the end of the day it is Granovskaia and the board that actually decide the players they want to sign.

Without Michael Emenalo there for protection, the friction between the head coach and the club has no doubt increased, even with Conte continuously saying that he is ‘happy’ with the situation. There were several times in January that he did not look happy.

Should the manager be in the photos?

Emerson Palmieri poses with Chelsea shirt after sealing £25m transfer

This is a bit of a bizarre one, but why is the Chelsea boss never in the new transfer photos?

It has always been Emenalo or now Granovskaia pictured with the new player when they are unveiled with the club, even when current players sign new contracts with the Blues.

It seems just another sign that they are more the club’s players than the manager’s, and something about it just doesn’t seem particularly right.

Finally got Alonso cover

Marcos Alonso might well be one of the more overused players in the Chelsea team this season, but finally he has some cover and a potential players that can push him for a starting spot.

Emerson Palmieri is just coming back from injury but is definitely a decent prospect, while Kenedy was a player that Conte never really trusted in the first team in Premier League or Champions League matches.

Now the left wing-back might get the chance to rest a little bit, however he will likely keep his place in the team for the time being.

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