Maurizio Sarri identifies two January transfer targets to aid Chelsea’s title bid – report

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has reportedly already identified his two top transfer targets for the January winter window.

The Italian oversaw four new arrivals in the summer following his appointment as Antonio Conte’s replacement with his first signing being midfielder Jorginho who followed him to Stamford Bridge from Serie A outfit Napoli.

Three more additions would be delivered before the window shut as Rob Green joined on a free transfer, Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world and Mateo Kovacic signed on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

All bar Green have made an immediate impact for the Blues who sit third in the Premier League table following five wins from their opening seven matches.

Touted as potential challengers to Manchester City as well as Liverpool for the league title, it would appear that Sarri is keen to ensure his squad is deep enough to last the distance.

According to Il Corriere Dello Sport, via Calciomercatio , the Blues are keen to sign Krzysztof Piatek and Daniele Rugani in the new year.

In the case of the latter, he was linked with a move to west London throughout the summer but remained at Juventus where he’s found first-team opportunities limited following the re-signing of Leonardo Bonucci.

The 24-year-old has made just one Serie A appearance so far this season and missed the 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek with a bruised rib.

Meanwhile, the name Krzysztof Piatek may not be a familiar one to some Chelsea supporters but the 23-year-old is apparently attracting interest from La Liga giants Barcelona following a stunning start to the season.

The Poland international only joined Genoa in the summer and has already scored 12 goals in seven appearances across competitions which is regarded as one of the most promising strikers in Europe at the moment.

With Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata scoring just one goal between them so far this season – prior to the Europa League clash against Vidi – Sarri does need a proven goalscorer to help take the pressure off Eden Hazard if the Blues are to seriously compete for the title.

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