Chelsea hit with major blow by Liverpool in deal to sign forward

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Callum Wilson as Bournemouth do not want to sell the striker despite signing Dominic Solanke, reports say.

Bournemouth have always been reluctant to sell their star forward and Chelsea’s willingness to pay upwards of £25millon for Wilson has not changed their mind.

The signing of Solanke from Liverpool was thought to be in preparation for Wilson’s exit, but the new addition has not altered Bournemouth’s position after the Cherries let Jermain Defoe join Rangers on Sunday.

The Mirror claim Bournemouth would be left light in the striker department if they let Wilson exit because Solanke arrives from Liverpool nursing a hamstring injury and cannot play until February.

Chelsea are on the hunt for a goalscorer to ease the pressure on Eden Hazard and provide competition for the inconsistent Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Wilson has been tracked since the end of last year after the Englishman’s nine goals and six assists this season in the Premier League.

Chelsea fans will be hoping for a more established name to arrive at Stamford Bridge this month. AC Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain has been heavily linked with the Blues, having worked with Maurizio Sarri during his record-breaking goalscoring season at Napoli.

Sarri has asked for extra firepower this month and made a public plea to the Chelsea board after his team started the year with a disappointing draw with Southampton.

Chelsea bounced back from that goalless draw with a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, courtesy of two goals from Morata.

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