Chelsea has pulled out of its deal to sign Valencia center back Aymen Abdennour after bringing David Luiz back to the club, Goal can reveal.
The Blues had turned to Abdennour as Wednesday's transfer deadline neared, after they had been turned down for multiple targets including Kalidou Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci.
Antonio Conte was desperate to do a deal for a new defender but his needs were met when the club re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain for 45 million euros ($50.2M).
The deal to take Abdennour to Stamford Bridge on a season-long basis therefore fell through, with the Tunisian's status at Valencia now uncertain after the Spanish club completed the loan signing of Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City.
The Frenchman was seen as a direct replacement for Abdennour, who endured a torrid introduction to La Liga last season, but it appears that they will now complete for a starting spot at Mestalla.