Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Chelsea close in on Higuain deal

Maurizio Sarri has made his mind up about Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud says Simon Stone Maurizio Sarri has made his mind up about Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud says Simon Stone
Jennie Wade | 12 January, 2019, 12:34

Chelsea boss Sarri is furious that Bayern sporting director HasanSalihamidzic said this week that they "definitely" want to sign Hudson-Odoi during the January transfer window as he "has the qualities which would fit very well" with the German champions.

Giroud has only started six of Chelsea's 21 Premier League games this season, with Alvaro Morata leading the line for the Blues in 11 matches, but with the Spaniard likely to be out injured and potentially leaving the Bridge in the coming months after a torrid campaign then it's time for Sarri to put his faith in Giroud.

He is on an €18-million season-long loan from Juventus with a €36m clause to make the deal permanent in the summer, meaning Chelsea would have to negotiate with the Bianconeri as well as the Rossoneri to sign him this winter.

He said: "I spoke with the club and the club knows very well my opinion. They didn't respect our club". "In my opinion we need two players, but then it is up to the club".

Other strikers have been linked but The Sun say landing Higuain, who is now on a season-long loan at AC Milan from Juventus, is the Blues' priority. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive phase.

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The 31-year-old is now on loan at AC Milan , but it's reported they are struggling to pay his £7.22million salary per season. The 28-year-old Wales global will join the Turin giant in the summer, ending his 10-year Gunners career.

"Of course, if Morata will go to another club we need a replacement", the manager said. Lampard has admired Hudson-Odoi's performances from afar and hopes the England Under-19 worldwide is still a Chelsea player when the January transfer window closes.

"Because in this moment in Europe there are 300 players involved in the market and they need to think only to the next match otherwise it's impossible to play".

Willian was on Thursday linked with Barcelona, but Sarri ruled out the prospect of the Brazilian departing this month.

'He has done that recently and he has played, and done very well in the last couple of games.

Sarri said: "We need to solve this problem". Now, he needs to improve in some movements without the ball.

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