There was a brief period of time during the summer transfer window when Jonathan Clauss was being linked with a move to Chelsea.

The French defender had been one of the big stars of Ligue 1 last season, showing a great ability to go up and down the right-hand side of the pitch from his right-back position, which caught the eye of not only Didier Deschamps, but other clubs.

The player eventually signed for Olympique de Marseille, deciding to ignore advances from abroad to stay in France, but also prioritising game time, which he knew he would get at his new club.

Speaking to Info Sport, the player said: “I didn’t want to sign for Chelsea to one day say I signed for Chelsea. It was really to try and keep playing, to discover the Champions League. Marseille ticked all the boxes I was looking for.”

In the end, Chelsea never signed a new right-back, bolstering the heart of their defence with Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana instead, as well as spending heavily on Marc Cucurella.

They also tied down César Azpilcueta for the foreseeable future, trying to mix experience and youth in their squad.