Maurizio Sarri makes first January transfer window request after inspiring excellent start

Maurizio Sarri has made his first request for the January transfer window after guiding Chelsea to an unbeaten start to the season.

The Blues currently sit two points off the pace in the Premier League title race, behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

A win over the Reds in the Carabao Cup has also boosted morale, with clear signs of Sarri’s ways transmitting to his players in such a short space of time.

The trend is delighting Blues fans, particularly in stark contrast to Antonio Conte’s style in recent seasons.

And after a shortened pre-season due to arriving at the club late, Sarri has seen enough to make his first request to strengthen his squad.

The Standard believe Sarri will push again for a young centre-back in January after seeing their efforts to sign Juventus star Daniele Rugani fail. They could even return to the Old Lady with a fresh proposition after their failure to find progress with the young Italian over a new deal, having sold fellow outstanding prospect Mattia Caldara to AC Milan.

And as well as making new signings, Sarri wants to keep his core together, which means offering David Luiz a new contract.

The Brazilian appeared to be on his way out at Stamford Bridge with Antonio Conte preferring other options.

But since the arrival of Sarri, Luiz has distinguished himself, thriving alongside Antonio Rudiger to help implement Sarri-ball in a major style revamp.

The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his contract in London, but talks are now expected to begin over extending his second spell at the club.

Speaking after the Blues’ draw with Liverpool last weekend, Luiz has hinted he will gladly sign a new deal.

“In the first week I spoke with him. I said to him that “I am going to work hard to show you I want to play in your team, with your philosophy,'” he said.

“I had two offers from different clubs but I told Chelsea I wanted to stay,” Luiz said.

“Would I have gone if Conte stayed? For sure. But they changed for Sarri and I have tried to convince Sarri I want to stay at Chelsea.

“I am playing now and enjoying it. I didn’t play (for most of) the last six months (under Conte). Sarri is human, he wants us to take pleasure in playing football. He said every day we have to enjoy it.”

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