Chelsea were reportedly knocked back in pursuit of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, after tabling a sensational £87.5m (€100m) offer at the start of July.
A new striker is the Blues’ priority now this summer, after losing out in the race to land Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and with last season’s top scorer Diego Costa set for the exit.
Shortly before Lukaku joined United in a £75m deal, Chelsea – according to Tuttosport – turned their attentions to the the Juve hitman.
However, Juve – who signed Higuain for around €90m in 2016 – are desperate to not sell another first-team player after Leonardo Bonucci joined AC Milan.
Juve director Beppe Marotta claims that contact was made by the west London club on July 5, but he was adamant that the club will not sell Higuain, or his Argentine strike partner Paulo Dybala.
The snub from Juventus leaves Chelsea and Antonio Conte with three rumoured potential targets before the transfer window shuts: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata.
While Chelsea landed Bakayoko on Saturday, despite reported competition from Manchester United, the failed pursuit of Lukaku couple with the shunning of Costa has been viewed as an embarrassing episode for the club by some.
Costa, who was left out of the club’s pre-season tour and is likely to join Atletico Madrid, scored 20 Premier League goals in 2016/17.