It was well documented that Claudio Ranieri wanted to bring in a new right-back during the month of January with Cyrus Christie failing to convince and Timothy Fosu-Mensah out of favour.
The speedy Bordeaux ace Sabaly emerged as their top target in the final few hours of the transfer window and, according to Sky, Fulham agreed to pay the £12 million fee that would have forced the Ligue 1 outfit to cash in.
Sabaly even completed a medical but, in a surprise twist, Sky claims that the deal collapsed at the 11th hour.
Why? Well, the report claims that Fulham received no reply from Bordeaux despite trying to get in touch during a four-hour period on deadline day.
As a result, the West Londoners were unable to get the deal over the line, meaning Ranieri will have to make do with the players already at his disposal.
Sky adds that Sabaly could now take action against Bordeaux for a breach of contract so there could be a few chapters left in this rather bizarre tale.
Have something to tell us about this article?