Chelsea transfer news: ‘We don’t need another striker – we need a winger’, says Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri has played down reports linking Chelsea with signing a new striker in the January transfer window and insists a new winger is a bigger priority.

The Blues have been strongly linked with an interest in Gonzalo Higuain to solve their struggles up front this season.

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Higuain has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this month

Sarri has been unable rely on his strikers for goals so far this term. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have found the net just 12 times between them, contributing a measly six in the Premier League.

And with Giroud picking up an ankle injury in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, it means Morata – who not lived up to his £60m price tag – is their only fit frontman.

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Chelsea’s lack of regular goals is one of their biggest problems – Alvaro Morata has scored just five times in the Premier League this season

Higuain, who played under Sarri at Napoli, is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus and has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this month.

But, given their injuries in the wide areas, the Blues manager believes signing another winger is more important in January.

Chelsea also have the option to recall Tammy Abraham or Michy Batshuayi from their loans at Aston Villa and Valencia, but Sarri ruled that out as well.

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Sarri has revealed he wants to sign a new winger this month, not a new striker

When asked about bringing either Abraham and Batshuayi back to Stamford Bridge, the Blues boss said: “No, because I have the option with Hazard in this position.

“We have Morata, and Hazard can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two, three matches.

“So, I think that in the moment I don’t need another striker.

“Maybe another winger, because now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, of [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek.

“So I have the option [Hazard] and what an option for the striker, but at the moment I have no option for the wingers.”

On Tuesday, Chelsea confirmed they had signed Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic for £58m, though the 20-year-old will not join the club until the summer.

“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League. That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s official website.

It was for this reason as well as the fact his contract expires in 2020, Zorc said the club “decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea.”

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Pulisic has long been regarded as one of the world’s finest young players

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