Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Higuain's Chelsea move is complicated: The key elements behind the operation

Higuain's Chelsea move is complicated: The key elements behind the operation

After criticising his performances earlier this season, Sarri had promoted Hudson-Odoi to his starting line-up for the last two matches in an apparent bid to convince the player his long-term future lies at Stamford Bridge.

On Wednesday, a source told ESPN FC that Hudson-Odoi had no plans to sign a new contract at Chelsea as Bayern await a response to their fourth bid for the 18-year-old, understood to be in the region of £35 million.

"As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market", Sarri said.

While Chelsea may bring in Higuain for the second half of the season, they could also seem players leave from Stamford Bridge.

A number of United Kingdom newspapers have picked up on a story by Spanish publication Sport suggesting that Barcelona are interested in a loan deal for the Chelsea striker, who has also been linked with the likes of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.

"Then I don't know what to say, I don't know the situation. My opinion is important for the club, but I can not tell you my opinion".

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"Of course, if Morata will go to another club we need a replacement, it's normal", Sarri said.

Sarri declined to comment on his apparent pursuit of the Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín, who is on loan at Milan from Juventus, but he did say that if Álvaro Morata departed, with loan moves to Sevilla and Atletico Madrid mooted, Chelsea would have to recruit a striker.

"The rest is up to him and his brother, his agent, who's talking to Leonardo, and I hope that he stays for as long as possible". I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive phase. "He can do better because the potential is higher but he is really very important for us and it is impossible to lose him in January", said Sarri.

After Eden Hazard was deployed as a "false nine" in Tuesday's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Tottenham, it appears Olivier Giroud is likely to start up front against the Magpies.

"He needs to move in some moments without the ball".

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