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Why Maurizio Sarri had to change his January transfer policy? [OPINION]

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Although Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted a couple of months ago, he won’t be looking for new acquisitions in January, things have changed in the past five weeks.

The recent FIFA investigation regarding the Blues signing of Bertrand Traore in 2014 threatens to sideline the London outfit from the next four transfer windows.

The Pensioners were accused of breaching transfer rules by signing the at the time underage Burkina Faso international.

Pressured by the potential two-year ban, the Italian has to make the most out of the ongoing transfer session. Moreover, with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failed to meet Sarri’s demands this season; the Italian is desperate to land a top-class striker.

The struggling duo barely notched six goals in the Premier League altogether this campaign, with the Frenchman adding four assists in the process. With both of his strikers out of form, the former Napoli coach has been playing without a classic number nine for the past two months.

Therefore, Maurizio Sarri is keen on signing a proven high-volume scorer to help the Blues secure the Champions League promotion. According to the reports from England, the Italian tactician would like to hire the AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain by offering Alvaro Morata in return.

The Serie A heavyweights have already turned down Chelsea’s offer, as they look to retain their best striker until the end of the season.

Another name on Sarri’s shortlist is Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, who at the moment seems a rather unrealistic option.

The Nerazzurri are making maximum efforts to convince the Argentinean to commit his long-term future to the club and have no intentions of letting him leave whatsoever.

Meanwhile, now that Cesc Fabregas’ departure seems more likely than ever, the Pensioners have to find a suitable replacement for the aging Spaniard.

N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Jorginho can’t cope with Chelsea’s battles on multiple fronts, which is why Sarri has to add some depth and quality to his midfield.

 

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