Chelsea’s plan for Maurizio Sarri’s MOST WANTED player revealed

Chelsea are close to signing Gonzalo Higuain after officially making an offer to Juventus for the striker. The Blues have offered to take Higuain on loan until the end of the season with the option to buy the 31-year-old or loan him for a further 12 months. Higuain has been on loan at AC Milan for the first half of the season, but that deal will now be cut short so he can move to Stamford Bridge providing he can agree personal terms.

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Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri will be delighted by news of the deal after making Higuain his preferred choice to replace Alvaro Morata. Sarri and Higuain worked successfully together at Napoli and his arrival is set to see Morata head out of Chelsea. Atletico Madrid are expected to sign Morata either or loan or permanently, with the Spanish club making space on their wage bill for the striker.

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Chelsea are also working on a third deal involving a striker, with Michy Batshuayi desperate to complete a loan move to Monaco, despite the club’s attempt to recoup £40million for the striker. Monaco have agreed terms with both Batshuayi and Valencia, where the Belgian spent the first half of the season, to take over his loan until the end of the campaign. But the Ligue 1 strugglers have been waiting for the green light from Chelsea, who have been waiting to see whether they could attract a £40m offer for Batshuayi.

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Everton have indicated an interest in Batshuayi, but cannot take a second player on loan from Chelsea along with defender Kurt Zouma. That means the Toffees would have to sign one of the pair outright. Chelsea would rather sell Batshuayi for £40m to Everton, rather than sanction another six-month loan, but the player would prefer to go to Monaco. It remains to be seen whether or not Monaco would be prepared, or could afford to commit to signing Batshuayi permanently at the end of a loan.

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Despite the fact he cost £33.2m from Marseille two-and-a-half years ago and has failed to make much of an impact at Chelsea, going on loan to Borussia Dortmund and Valencia, the club want to make a profit on Batshuayi. Confirming the fact Chelsea would prefer to cash in on Batshuayi, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said: “We have an agreement with Valencia and Batshuayi, but not with Chelsea, who prefer a permanent move.”

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Chelsea have once again been left annoyed by Bayern Munich’s public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi after the German club confirmed they are “in talks” with the Blues over the teenager. Bayern have made a series of bids for Hudson-Odoi, the latest of which was £35m, and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “We are in talks with Chelsea. We want to sign the player. I am fully convinced of his abilities.”

Chelsea fear they are fighting a losing battle to try to keep Hudson-Odoi, who only has 18 months remaining on his contract and has no intention of signing a new deal.

Breaking! Bad news for Sarri as Bundesliga chief makes Chelsea claims

Maurizio Sarri will be furious with new reports from Bayern Munich sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, claiming He is “fully convinced” by Callum Hudon-Odoi’s quality and talks between themselves and Chelsea are ongoing. The Italian tactician has spoken at length of his desire to keep Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge, saying he is integral to his plans and is seen as part of Chelsea’s future.

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German champions Bayern have been strongly linked with Hudson-Odoi over the last month, with the 18-year-old winger said to be frustrated about a lack of opportunities with Chelsea. While he has been used in cup competitions, Hudson-Odoi has played only twice in the Premier League.

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Bayern have not made any secret of their interest, with Maurizio Sarri calling their open pursuit “not professional”. Salihamidzic has already said he believes Hudson-Odoi’s qualities would fit in at Bayern and has now told Sport Bild: “We want to sign the player. I am fully convinced of his abilities, we are in talks with Chelsea.

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“Both end-of-season signing Benjamin Pavard and Hudson-Odoi are not finished players yet, but we have many leaders in our team, that’s why it would not be a problem if no player came in the transfer window. We have to find a good mix between young talents and experienced leadership players.”

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Bayern have also been linked with Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez, and while Salihamidzic says more talks will be held, he does not think anyone should expect his arrival in January. “We’ve already had talks, There will be more,” Salihamidzic said. “That he comes in winter is unrealistic.”

Why Arsenal-Chelsea Premier League clash is more than just THREE POINTS to Sarri and Emery

Premier League debutants, Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri meet again this weekend in London’s biggest rivalry. The Gunners face the Blues at the Emirates Stadium this Saturday, in a clash that could potentially decide their future in European football next season.

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They currently sit 6 points behind Champions League contention, and the way things stand, they can not afford to drop any more points, much less to the team they are vying for that fourth spot on the table with. This match is so crucial that even a draw is going to prove detrimental to Arsenal’s Champions League hopes.

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They are currently level on points with a Manchester United which has won all of its last 6 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, thereby making him the first ever United manager to do so in his first 6 games at the club. Manchester United face Brighton & Hove Albion FC earlier on the same day at Old Trafford, and are pretty much the favourites to win that match with a clean sheet, given the form of David de Gea.

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So essentially, Arsenal will already be 6th on the Premier League standings going into the clash with Chelsea, and they will be fighting to simply retain their 5th position on the table. A loss would not only condemn them to 6th position on the table, but also put them 9 points behind 4th placed Chelsea, with 15 matches to go. Thereon, it’ll be almost impossible for Arsenal to close the gap on Chelsea.

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Rob Holding is still out with an injury, and maybe that’s the reason why the Gunners have fallen flat on their face in 2019 after an incredible unbeaten run of 22 games in all competitions, starting from September up until December last year.

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The Blues have not looked any better going into the game, owing to their recent slip-ups against Southampton and Leicester City, but are still the favorites to get something out of the match. Maurizio Sarri is looking to get his Chelsea side firing on all cylinders as they look to reproduce their early season form that got them 9 straight wins.

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The goals seemed to have dried up for Chelsea strikers in the Premier League as Alvaro Morata and Oliver Giroud are yet to score a single Premier League goal since mid November. Eden Hazard’s looks certain to retain his role as a false 9 as Chelsea continue their bid for a striker in ongoing January transfer window.

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A win for Chelsea will keep The Blues in firm position to keep up with Totteham Hotspurs for a spot in Europe next season after a two year absence from Europe’s Premier Club Competition. The match kicks off on Saturday at 5:30 PM local time.

 

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REVEALED! Sarri could still lose these three Chelsea star players this January

Italian manager Maurizio Sarri is preparing for three more departures at Chelsea in January. That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, who says any exits will be damaging for the Blues if they fail to deliver replacements. Cesc Fabregas became the first player to wave goodbye to Stamford Bridge this month, sealing a switch to Thierry Henry’s Monaco last Friday. However, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Alvaro Morata and Gary Cahill are also being tipped to leave the club before the winter window closes. But Sheth says Sarri will be prepared for three January sales.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on ahead of the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on September 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“[It could be] damaging, it will all depend on if they get replacements in,” he told Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre Extra. “I’m sure Maurizio Sarri will have prepared for perhaps three of those players on their way out. “The one I think that has probably caught them on the hop a little bit is Callum Hudson-Odoi, because he’s played so few minutes in the Premier League this season and they probably weren’t expecting a club of Bayern Munich’s stature to go so big on him. “But there’s been history with it, hasn’t there? Because I think the Bundesliga clubs and other European clubs are noticing that the Premier League can fix any problems they have with money, whereas they have to approach it in a different way. “So the Jadon Sancho transfer from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund’s a case in point, Bayern Munich were probably looking at that and thinking: there’s an avenue here perhaps.”

Bayern Munich have seen a number of bids turned down for 18-year-old starlet Hudson-Odoi. After reportedly starting with an offer of around £15m, the German outfit have most recently seen a £35m proposal snubbed by the Blues. It is believed the player is interested in a move to the Bundesliga, but Sarri is keen to keep hold of the youngster.

during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The Italian recently said: “We are very happy with the player because he is improving. “He is improving a lot I think in the defensive phase. Now, he needs to improve in some movements without the ball. “He is working very well and I’d like to have him in the future.”

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Chelsea coach Sarri in midfield trouble over Fabregas transfer

Maurizio Sarri admitted the departure of Cesc Fabregas has left a gaping hole in his squad magnified by Jorginho’s below-par performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. Sarri said the 31-year-old Spanish World Cup-winning midfielder, who left for Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco last Friday, would have been a natural replacement for Jorginho.

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The Italian international — a lynchpin of Sarri’s midfield this season — lost possession on several occasions against Newcastle.“After 20 minutes he lost a lot of balls. It’s unusual and I think he was in trouble,” said Sarri. “Maybe he was tired, I don’t know. But if Fabregas was on the bench I think that in the second half he would have been on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”

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Sarri is keen to recruit an experienced midfielder as back-up to Jorginho, who has displaced N’Golo Kante from the pivotal central role, but also praised the potential of 18-year-old Welsh international Ethan Ampadu. “In the future, maybe,” the Italian replied when asked about Ampadu’s prospects of filling the back-up spot. “Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy. “We need to try and try and try in training. But I think he is able to do it.”

Argentina star set for Premier League move after Chelsea settles transfer fee with parent club

Chelsea are hot on the heels of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Argentina midfielder Leonardo Paredes as they look to fill the gap left by Cesc Fabregas. Paredes is Chelsea’s number only option to compete with Jorginho for the regista position in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 model formation. Although the Argentine star could play further the pitch which will cause competition for Ngolo Kante, he will most likely going to be a like for like replacement for Fabregas.

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Zenit have quoted Chelsea €40m (£36m/$46m) if they want to prize Paredes away from the Russians. The Blues’ own valuation is believed to be some way below that figure at €30m (£27m/$34m). Meanwhile, Sarri has reportedly intensified his pursuit this week of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, currently on loan at AC Milan.

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Former Milan forward Antonio Cassano has suggested that Higuain is eager to be reunited at Stamford Bridge with his former Napoli coach Sarri as he is being starved of service at San Siro. The Argentinean is believed to be Sarri’s priority buy ahead of Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

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In December, Chelsea number two Gianfranco Zola confirmed that the England international was a player that the club were interested in, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe is understandably reluctant to sell.

Breaking! Chelsea abandon Serie A starlet to secure deal for Argentine star

Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Zenit Saint Petersburg Leandro Paredes after the midfielder agreed personal terms with the west Londoners. Maurizio Sarri has made a new central midfielder his January priority following Cesc Fabregas’s move to Monaco, with both Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella approached.

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Although Barella is Sarri’s preferred choice, he is reluctant to move mid-season, and The Mirror report that Paredes’ transfer is now the more likely after the 24-year-old agreed a contract.

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Chelsea are yet to agree a fee with Zenit, though it is thought an offer of around £27million will be enough especially with Paredes ready to go on strike if the bid is rejected. The Argentine is desperate to move to Stamford Bridge and Zenit have already started the hunt to find a replacement.

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Following a narrow win over Newcastle, Sarri made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wants to bring in a new midfielder as soon as possible as he looks for cover and competition for Jorginho. ‘As you have seen Jorginho was in trouble, but I didn’t have a player for that position,’ he explained after Saturday’s game.

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‘I have no idea [when it will get sorted]. The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there. It depends on the club decision. I cannot do anything more.’ Sarri knows all about Paredes from the midfielder’s time in Serie A, when he played for Roma, and his playmaking style is ideally suited to ‘Sarri-ball’.

Bad news for Sarri as Premier League striker rejects Chelsea offer

Maurizio Sarri might not be in charge of transfers at Stamford Bridge but the Italian tactician would want to get new arrivals on time for Premier League action. Certain players are yet to adapt to the Sarri-ball pattern and the Italian wouldn’t want new arrivals to take too long to adjust to his style, Hence his insistence on a sarri ball specialist in Gonzalo Higuain.

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The Chelsea boss is in dire need of more firepower up front as both strikers at his disposal have been very disappointing in front of goal. Spainish striker Alvaro Morata and World cup winner Oliver Giroud have failed to deliver goals consistently at Chelsea causing a major tweak in tactics at the London Club with Belgian captain Eden Hazard taking up the false 9 role in  recent games.

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West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic will seal a £35m move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG before the end of the week, according to The Sun. The Chelsea target had rejected an offer to switch London clubs in a bid to double his current wages at Upton park.

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The 29-year-old appeared to wave goodbye to Hammers fans after being substituted during the weekend win over Arsenal and earlier his brother and agent stated his desire to leave. Chelsea is set to loose out on two Premier League strikers as West Ham is set to complete a bid for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson to replace the departing Arnautovic.

Chelsea fans are feeling excited after Maurizio confirmed this news

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that he will continue to play Eden Hazard as a false nine much to the delight of the Chelsea fans.  Chelsea’s reliance on Hazard was evident again in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. The 28-year-old Belgian created the decisive goal, scored brilliantly by Willian, who netted for just the third time in the league this season.

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The Blues have scored just 13 goals in their last 11 Premier League games and Sarri is increasingly favouring an attacking focal point of Hazard, rather than recognised strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. “At the moment in the defensive phase we are doing very well and one of the reasons, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position,” Sarri said. Hazard last season expressed frustration about being deployed as Chelsea’s ‘false nine’ under Antonio Conte. But Sarri insisted the Belgian liked it after being asked to play there in December’s win over Manchester City and frequently since.

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The Italian admitted Hazard was unhappy in the first half, but grew into the game against Newcastle. Hazard’s happiness is key to Chelsea, given his contract expires in June 2020 and he has spoken of a daily quandary over whether to seek a “dream” move to Real Madrid. “In the second half my feeling was that he enjoyed (it),” Sarri added. “I played him there because I wanted to see the solution with the three small players. “I think that at this moment it is a very good solution because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase. “And in the defensive phase we are more balanced. In the last six matches we have conceded only three goals and one was a penalty. “Now we need to improve attacking in the box when the ball is out of the box. It is impossible for Eden to stay in the box.”

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Sarri has spoken of his wish to recruit an understudy for Jorginho, after Cesc Fabregas’ move to Monaco. Italy midfielder Jorginho struggled to assert himself against the Magpies, frequently relinquishing possession. Sarri said: “After 20 minutes he lost a lot of balls. It’s unusual and I think he was in trouble. “Maybe he was tired, I don’t know. But if Fabregas was on the bench I think that in the second half he would have been on the pitch instead of Jorginho.” Asked if Ethan Ampadu could be a future option in that position, Sarri said: “In the future, maybe. Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy. “We need to try and try and try in training. But I think he is able to do it.”

Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone, but boss Rafa Benitez remains optimistic the Magpies can survive. He said: “If we work like we did (against Chelsea) and play with the same passion and intensity then I believe we will stay up. “We will have chances to get points against a lot of teams and we’ll win against some teams, especially in the bottom half of the table.”

Breaking! Good news for Chelsea fans and Sarri as Chelsea target officially requests his club to let him go

AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has made an official request to his club to let him reunite with Italian manager Maurizio Sarri at Premier League club Chelsea, according to Angelo Mangiante of Sky Italia. The striker is on loan from Juventus after he was deemed surplus to requirement due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

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Sarri is a long-time admirer of the Argentine forward and had worked previously with the player in the Serie A, during their time together at Napoli. It is also understood that the manager himself is keen on bringing one of his favorite players to the Stamford Bridge.

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Higuain had the best spell of his career working under Sarri at Napoli and it was under him that he broke the 66-year old goalscoring record of the Serie A, notching up an unprecedented 36-goal haul in the 38-game league in the 2015-16 season.

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This record-breaking season earned him a £75 million move to Italian giants Juventus in the following season.

Reputed Italian journalist Angelo Mangiante tweeted yesterday that Higuain had officially talked with AC Milan to let him join Sarri at Chelsea this month

Though Sarri is keen on reuniting with the 31-year old striker, Fabrizio Romano notes in his article in that Director Marina Granovskaia, often referred to as “most powerful woman in football”, is not entirely convinced on spending huge sums of money on a player aged over 30.

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Recently, AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted strong interest from Chelsea for the player but reiterated that the club is “holding on tightly” to the striker. Now that the player has officially asked the club for their consent, Sarri can push through for a deal for him, putting an end to the speculations once and for all.

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