No-one will have been left more frustrated on Deadline Day than Asmir Begovic.
The Chelsea goalkeeper had made it clear he wanted out of Stamford Bridge, with the club agreeing with one caveat – they needed to find a replacement first.
Antonio Conte’s chief target in that regard was Celtic’s Craig Gordon, but they couldn’t come to any agreement with the Hoops over the former Sunderland stopper after offering in the region of £3.5million.
Yet, the Telegraph have revealed that the Blues snubbed a decent bid from Watford which would have given them cash and a back-up goalkeeper.
The Hornets reportedly bid £10million plus Heurelho Gomes, who proved in last night’s 2-1 win over Arsenal that he’s a capable Premier League player, even if he’s prone to the odd gaffe here and there.
It meant Conte’s only major business of Deadline Day was shipping Branislav Ivanovic out to Zenit St Petersburg on a two-and-a-half year deal, though Chelsea didn’t make any money off that particular deal.
A bid from Bournemouth to take Nathan Ake back to the Vitality Stadium in an £18million switch was also rejected.