Maurizio Sarri explains the signing he wants amid Chelsea transfer links with £155m-rated duo

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has perhaps hinted there’s something to the transfer rumours involving Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Mateo Kovacic.

The Blues have been linked with the midfield pair in recent days, with Calciomercato stating the club were looking into signing Kovacic from Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window.

This follows Marca‘s claim that the Croatia international had turned down the chance to make a £53million move to Manchester United.

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Chelsea have also been strongly linked with Lazio’s Milinkovic-Savic in a huge offer, with Calciomercato reporting the Blues were prepared to pay £102m and offer Charly Musonda to the Italians as part of the deal.

Sarri has now been quoted by the Metro as stating that he’d like a midfielder signing that can offer his squad something a little different to what they already have in that position, and those two arguably fit the bill.

Both are more creative and dynamic players able to contribute going forward more than defensive-minded stars like N’Golo Kante and summer signing Jorginho.

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Chelsea have been linked with Mateo Kovacic


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Cesc Fabregas fell down the pecking order somewhat in the last couple of seasons so may no longer be seen as the ideal first choice in that area, while last year’s signings like Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater have flopped at Stamford Bridge.

‘I think we need something, but maybe only a player,’ Sarri is quoted in the Metro.

‘We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics (would make a good signing).’

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