Maurizio Sarri has admitted that Chelsea need ‘something extra’ during this window, as his current crop continue to struggle breaking down opponents.
One player who is considered a Sarri favourite, won’t be arriving during this window. Juventus have confirmed that marksman Gonzalo Higuain will be staying at AC Milan, despite having held talks with Chelsea.
So where now for a striker? Well, I understand Chelsea are still considering England internationals Callum Wilson from Bournemouth, and Jamie Vardy from Leicester City. Whilst Sky Sports says that Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa is being considered. Some Polish reports even claim that a deal is in negotiation stages, despite Genoa’s president claiming he won’t leave this month.
Piatek seems like the not so talked about rumour, that I can genuinely see happening.
Meanwhile, the Blues are determined to convince youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a new deal with the club, having placed a strong five year deal on the table. The Evening Standard report that Chelsea will rejected Bayern Munich’s third offer of £30 million for the 18-year old.
Whilst Sky Sports claim Chelsea won’t do a deal with any club unless they allow a buyback clause to be inserted.
Alvaro Morata is another who could leave this month after continuing to have a torrid time in London. Having been linked with a number of loan moves away, Sevilla are the latest club to be contemplating making a move this month, according to their local press source Estadio Deportivo.
Cesc Fabregas will play his final game for Chelsea this weekend, before joining Monaco on a two and a half year deal. Fabregas will leave for more regular football, something that he’s made public for sometime.So there will be a replacement coming in, surely? I don’t think Sarri will put faith in Ethan Ampadu playing there, despite having used him there previously. My opinion is he would be a good option there, as would Mateo Kovacic or David Luiz.
However, according to Catalan publication SPORT, Chelsea are keen to sign Denis Suarez on a permanent deal. The outlet claim Suarez will leave Barcelona ‘in the next few days’.
Although naturally a more advanced midfielder than the role Fabregas has been playing, he could be seen as a replacement for his fellow Spaniard – whilst also receiving game time in Chelsea’s centre midfield further forward.
Finally, despite claims yesterday, Chelsea won’t be selling Tammy Abraham this window.