Chelsea transfer news: How the Blues could line-up with Gonzalo Higuain and Elseid Hysaj in January

Maurizio Sarri is looking to make changes to his Chelsea team and has been eyeing up new recruits during the January transfer window.

But the priority was a striker and boy do they have one after confirming the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

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Chelsea have signed Higuain

Sarri worked with the striker at Napoli and this will spell the end of Alvaro Morata’s time at the Blues.

The Spain striker has had an underwhelming 18-month spell with the club and is being prepared to leave for Atletico Madrid.

He was their record signing when he moved to Stamford Bridge for £60million in 2017 but failed to live up to his promise.

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It has not gone to plan for Alvaro Morata at Chelsea

Eden Hazard has been deployed in the ‘false 9’ position in recent weeks because of Sarri’s lack of confidence in Morata and Olivier Giroud.

But now Higuain has completed his move to Stamford Bridge then Hazard will be able to return to his favoured position on the left.

Cesc Fabregas was also deemed surplus to requirements and allowed to join up with Thierry Henry at Monaco.

Sarri has looked for a replacement and the one who was heavily linked was Leandro Paredes, from Zenit, but it looks like he is now off to PSG.

The Blues were reportedly attempting to land two players – Leandro Paredes and Nicolo Barella – but both deals appear to be off the table.

They may now hold off on signing the replacement for Fabregas until the summer now and stick with their midfield three of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

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Fabregas completed his move to Monaco

The Chelsea manager also wants to bring one of his former players to Stamford Bridge, which could spell the end for fan favourite Cesar Azpilicueta.

Azpilicueta has been a key figure at the club since signing in 2012 making 310 appearances and helping them to numerous trophies, including two Premier League titles.

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Sarri wants to bring in his former player Hysaj

Elseid Hysaj has been earmarked as his replacement and could be brought in during the January transfer window.

The pair have worked together at Empoli and Napoli and Sarri is clearly a big fan.

Here is how Chelsea could line-up at the end of the month.

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Can this XI ensure Chelsea finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League?

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