Chelsea transfer news live: Maurizio Sarri hijack twist; club plan player-plus-cash offer

Nicolo Barella hijack
Inter Milan are preparing to hijack Chelsea’s pursuit of Cagliari sensation Nicolo Barella.

The 21-year-old talent Barella made his debut for the Italy senior side against Ukraine in October.

And having continued his impressive league form with Cagliari – has captured the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Corriere dello Sport claimed Chelsea were front-runners for his signature but Inter Milan are proving difficult opposition.

The same Italian newspaper claim Inter chairman Steven Zhang personally phoned Cagliari’s president to ask how to offset their £45million valuation.

It’s now claimed Inter could offer Brazil international Gabigol and Italy Under-21 star Alessandro Bastoni plus cash for Barella.

Eden Hazard exit
Chelsea will offload Eden Hazard having snared Christian Pulisic, says football author and journalist Jonathan Wilson.

The Blues snapped up Pulisic for £58million this week following a series of dazzling displays in the Bundesliga.

And Wilson thinks the arrival means Hazard will be sold.

“I know he’s [Christian Pulisic] young and I know he’s got great promise,” he told the On The Continent Podcast. “I guess Chelsea expect to get a big payment for Hazard and I presume he’s seen as a Hazard replacement.

“If he’s to play alongside Hazard that seems really strange because you’d have thought the money would have been better spent on a centre forward.”

Wanted: Edinson Cavani
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants the Blues to snap up PSG striker Edinson Cavani to solve their striker woes.

Sarri has been forced to chop and change between Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and winger Eden Hazard up front this season.

But he wants a new forward brought in in order to ensure his team carry the goal threat they need to reach the top four.

Express Sport understands Chelsea are now eyeing up Cavani, who could be available for a cool £50million.

Tammy Abraham recall
Chelsea may be recalling Tammy Abraham from his loan spell at Aston Villa with Manchester United and Arsenal in mind.

The striker smashed 16 goals in 20 games for the Midlanders and will now be sent out to Wolves.

So why, if Abraham is going so well at Villa Park, would he want to leave?

The first reason is obvious – Abraham wants to play at the top level and he will get to do that at Molineux.

But there is also a second motivation from Chelsea’s point of view, and that could be to help strengthen Wolves against their top-four rivals.

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