Sarri sends transfer signal to Chelsea board

0:57                                            Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri believes his side have had bad luck with injuries in recent days and face a challengi

Maurizio Sarri implied that Chelsea need to add a new striker in the winter transfer window following their 0-0 draw to Southampton.

Chelsea remain in fourth on 44 points, just three ahead of Arsenal in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

It was a frustrating evening for Chelsea, who dominated possession but lacked any cutting edge, maintaining a worrying sequence for Sarri.

At present, Higuain is on a two-year loan deal with AC Milan and the Blues are apparently reluctant to discuss terms with two separate clubs in order to lure the marksman to the Premier League. "I think we need something else for our (attack)", Sarri said when asked if he would consider recalling on-loan forwards Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.

He made it clear the responsibility for new signings lies with owner Roman Abramovich, saying: "It depends on the board, not on me".




"I think it's better than what I thought after the Crystal Palace match", Sarri said of Giroud.

"I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive base".

"We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15 and 20 metres. We were in control of every match recently, but it was not easy to score the first goal".

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn, making his Premier League debut, twice denied Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata had a strike ruled out for offside while also missing other opportunities as Sarri finally appeared to lose patience with the misfiring striker at Stamford Bridge. Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in the close-season, brought Jorginho with him from Napoli to play the pivotal midfield role in front of the defence that used to be Kante's domain.

Substitutes Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek then combined to tee up Morata but Gunn blocked his low shot. "One of those diagonal balls over the top, like you see Barcelona do a lot".

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