Whats going on at Chelsea? Willian, Higuain, Wilson and Hudson-Odoi all feature in transfer news and gossip
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Maurizio Sarri has admitted that Willian will not be leaving Chelsea this January transfer window, amid Barcelona links.
Willian has become an integral part of Sarri’s side this season after rejecting a move to Barcelona in the summer, as he was persuaded by the Italian to stay put and try to help the club get back into the Champions League places.
However, after a decent start to the new season, there has been speculation in the media over the past few days which have claimed Barcelona have made a £55 million offer to take Willian away from Stamford Bridge, and would even let Brazilian Malcom leave as part of the deal.
But Sarri has reacted very quickly and announced that it would be ‘impossible’ for him to let Willian leave the club this month, telling Sky Sports news: “I didn’t receive anything yesterday. I have no idea.
“You have to contact the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble because I don’t know how to answer. As you know, Willian for us is very important.
“I think he can do better, he can do better because of his potential but he is really very important to us, so I think it is impossible to lose him in January.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen to sign Gonzalo Higuain this month but the Italian insists he doesn’t know if a move will be made.
It is no secret that Chelsea are lacking a world class striker to lead the attack, as Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have not been good enough in front of goal this season.
Sarri has even started using star man Eden Hazard as his main man up top over the past few weeks, having lost faith in his two forwards.
And that has led to a lot of speculation that Chelsea are closing in on a deal to land Higuain for a fee of around £50 million, with some suggestions that his agent has flown into London to get a January deal done.
Now Sarri, who is keen to add a few players to the squad this January, has admitted the club knows his opinion on possible deals.
He said on the Sky Sports website:“As you know very well I am not involved in the market. I spoke with the club and they know my opinion.
“In my opinion we need two players. It depends on the club’s decision but I don’t know anything about the market, day by day or minute by minute.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says the club will not entertain any interest in England striker and Chelsea target Callum Wilson this January.
Wilson has seen his reputation in the Premier League rise this season and has caught the attentions of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, who is looking to acquire a new striker in the coming transfer windows.
Wilson has forced his way into the England set-up this season by scoring seven times and marked his first international cap with a goal in the win over the United States at Wembley in November.
But Howe says Bournemouth do not intend to sell any of their ‘best players’ this month.
“I’ve been told about the speculation, it’s not something I seek to read,” he said.
“It’s a waste of time for me to do so. It’s business as normal, Callum has been bright and bubbly this week so no problems there.
“In my opinion, and it’s just my opinion, I wouldn’t sell at any price but I’m the manager of the team trying to create the best team that I can.
“We desperately want to take the team forward and to do that we have got to keep our best players.
“He (Wilson) is a very important member of the team. He has unique attributes that really complement what we do here.
“He’s been a really good goal scorer for us this season, that’s the hardest things to do in the sport so he value him really highly.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Bayern Munich have lacked respect over their approach for 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Odoi is now considered one of the best talents in England and his performances have caught the attentions of German Champions Bayern, who see him as the next Jadon Sancho.
Reports in the media over the last weeks have claimed Bayern have made four bids to try and seal a deal for Hudson-Odoi this January, all which have been rejected by Chelsea.
The Blues know the talented winger has eighteen months to go on his contract, but are keen to nail him down to a new contract and have no intention of letting him join the Germans.
And Sarri has opened up on the interest of Bayern, claiming they are being very unprofessional in the pursuit of Odoi.
He said on the Sky Sports website: “I think that it’s not professional because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea.
“They didn’t respect our club, I think. I don’t know what to say, I do not know the situation. I am very, very happy with the player because the player is improving.”