The veteran forward was said to be a target for the Blues, with manager Antonio Conte reportedly keen to strengthen his options up top with a target man. Eventually, the Premier League champions landed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, with Michy Batshuayi joining Borussia Dortmund on loan.
Crouch discussed the rumours in his column for the Daily Mail, although he said there was never anything concrete in the speculation.
"Of course it was nice to get linked with a club of that stature—particularly as they were the club I used to watch when I was a kid—but I didn't think much more about it," he said. "There was never any strong interest. I heard Conte quite likes me as a player but I was only ever concentrating on Stoke."
Crouch then joked that in Giroud, the Blues went on to sign "the division's second best looking target man."
If Chelsea had moved for the Stoke man, they would have secured one of the Premier League's most unique footballers. Crouch has caused defenders many issues down the years with his height and heading ability.
As these figures from BT Sport Score illustrate, it appears Conte was targeting a particular type of striker:
Even so, at 37, Crouch's best days are behind him, and it was no surprise links between him and Chelsea cultivated a lot of shock.
The striker remains a key man at the bet365 Stadium, though, and he signed a new contract recently to ensure he'll be at the club up until 2019. He has four goals for the Potters in 20 Premier League appearances, and he will be vital if Stoke are to preserve their top-flight status this term.
Radja Nainggolan Talks Future
Reported Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan has said he could stay at current club Roma for the rest of his career.
"I am very happy here and I don’t see any reasons why I would want to leave," he told Sky Sport Italia (h/t Coral Barry of Metro). "I am living well and I have everything that I need. I might sign here for life since I have rejected many teams in the past."
As noted by Barry, both the Blues and Manchester United have long been linked with a potential move for the Belgium international.
According to Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws, Conte tried to sign the midfielder in his first summer at Stamford Bridge:
Nainggolan has been one of the most effective midfielders in Serie A recently, providing a vibrant presence at the heart of the Roma team.
He can do it all in the middle of the pitch. In deeper positions, he's adept at winning possession back for his team and bursting forward with intent. Further forward, he also makes astute choices and can rip vicious shots towards goal.
It appears both Chelsea and Nainggolan have moved on since the summer of 2016, with the London club now well stocked with midfield options. Even so, if the Belgian was to change his stance at Roma, you sense Conte would be tempted to make a move for him.