Chelsea's pursuit of Paul Pogba looks to be over after Juventus effectively priced him out of the market.
Even with the present poor standing of the Euro, the Italian club's apparent €100m price tag on the midfielder is far beyond anything the Blues would consider paying.
Meanwhile dealings over the player he was expected to replace – Brazilian midfield man Oscar – appear to have been scuppered by the Italian club's low valuation of the 23-year-old.
Jose Mourinho's squad have just returned for pre-season training ahead of a promotional tour of the USA in two weeks time and their summer transfer movements are yet to really kick off.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in pictures:
John Mikel Obi looks certain to be bound for the departures lounge with a permanent move to Fenerbahce looking a distinct possibility.
But that deal is unlikely to bring in any substantial funds with Chelsea still insistent that the books must balance when it comes to player dealings.
The £11million brought in by the sale of Petr Cech to Arsenal does not boost the kitty available to Mourinho as almost all of it will be needed to bring in Stoke's Asmir Begovic as his replacement.
Chelsea kick off the season proper with the FA Community Shield against Arsenal at Wembley, which was this week mooted as their temporary home if Stamford Bridge expansion works are carried out.