Chelsea lost the services of Cesc Fabregas earlier on in the January transfer window.
The Spanish midfielder had been used sparingly by Maurizio Sarri and decided to leave for Monaco, putting an end to his five season stay in west London.
Sarri initially intended to buy a replacement, an idea he told the media just before Fabregas’ departure.
Two players they were looking at were Nicolò Barella and Leonardo Paredes.
However, the Blues missed out on Paredes, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
A deal for Barella is also proving difficult, with Torino believed to not want to sell their prized asset in the January transfer window.
With the transfer window closing on Thursday, Chelsea only have two days left to sign a replacement.
So what do Chelsea intend to do?
According to the Telegraph, the west London outfit have adopted a new stance.
It was previously believed that Chelsea wanted to sign a replacement for Fabregas.
But they are now no longer desperate to bring in another deep-lying midfielder.
That is because they want to offer encouragement to their young players.
There is believed to be a fear inside Chelsea that bringing in another midfielder could leave Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Ethan Ampadu questioning their future.
Chelsea are also mindful of Mason Mount’s development, who is currently on loan at Derby County.
This new policy is a breath of fresh air for Chelsea.
The club have always looked to spend money on foreign imports instead of developing their youngsters.
For that reason, Chelsea have had very few young talents emerge through their youth system in the past 15 or so years.
But, clearly, Chelsea want to change their strategy and give more first team opportunities to their youngsters.
Chelsea fans have reacted well since hearing the news.
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