Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants Jorginho cover after Cesc Fabregas exit – but doesn’t know when it’s coming

CHELSEA manager Maurizio Sarri again stressed he needs cover for Jorginho after the sale of Cesc Fabregas – but claims he does not know when that player will arrive.

The Blues allowed fans’ favourite Fabregas to leave for Monaco this week – the World Cup winner had been frustrated at his lack of playing time.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri again stressed he needs cover for Jorginho

And speaking after the 2-1 win over Newcastle, Sarri said he’d like another holding playmaker.

Jorginho is arguably the first name on Sarri’s team-sheet, with the Brazil-born Italy international absolutely crucial to ‘Sarri-ball’.

But should Jorginho go down with an injury, there is no one who can fill that role know that pass master Fabregas has left Stamford Bridge.

Sarri said: “Today Jorginho was in trouble.

Nicolo Barella has a deal agreed in principle with Chelsea but faces competition from Leandro Paredes of Zenit St Petersburg
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Leandro Paredes would prove to be a cheaper alternative to Nicolo Barella
Leandro Paredes would prove to be a cheaper alternative to Nicolo Barella
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“On the bench we didn’t have a player for that position, so we need [one].”

In recent days Chelsea have been linked with Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella and Zenit St Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes.

It’s not clear which player is Sarri’s preferred target, or if the Blues will move for both.

The sale of Fabregas indicates that a deal for one or both has been done, with Sarri previously saying Fabregas would not be sold without a replacement lined up.

Sarri claimed he did not know when the players would arrive in SW6 – although he didn’t seem particularly anxious that Chelsea would not find a solution.

He added: “the club know my opinion well, I need a player in that position.”

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