Chelsea turned down chance to sign No.9 Ligue 1 centre-forward

The London giants were the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window, splashing out nearly £230m on seven new footballers. Stade Rennais new-boy Serhou Guirassy snubbed a summer move to Stamford Bridge, according to Amiens sporting director John Williams.

Former U20 France international was strongly linked with a move to the PL this past summer, with several clubs said to be keen on acquiring his services. West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace were all said to be interested in signing Serhou.

A move to the PL, however, never materialised, which paved the way for Stade Rennais to swoop in and sign him to a five-year contract. But according to Williams, the Ligue 1 side could’ve been pipped to his signature by Blues. “He refused to go to Chelsea during the last window,” Williams said of Guirassy’s departure.

“Serhou made a sporting choice when he could earn more money with the London team. He wanted to continue in a club where he was sure to have some playing time and not relive an experience like the one in Cologne where he was a substitute.”

“The choice fell on Rennes because coach Julien Stéphan assured him that he was counting on him.” Stade Rennais’s sporting director, Florian Maurice, was thrilled by the club’s acquisition of Guirassy, saying: “He’s a great signing, a player we’ve been waiting for some time.”

The French centre-forward who has scored five goals in 13 games this campaign has no regrets about his decision to snub a big-money move to Chelsea. The 24-year-old centre-forward and his Stade Rennais team-mates will be back in action on Friday week, welcoming Bordeaux to Roazhon Park