Maurizio Sarri has moulded his Chelsea team to play his preferred style of football despite making just two signings since taking over in July.
The Italian quickly brought in Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a world-record £71 million off the back of Thibaut Courtois’ summer transfer to Real Madrid.
However, there’s no question that Sarri getting his hands on Jorginho at the expense of £57 million was the more important purchase.
The former Napoli boss devised his entire game plan around the midfield lynchpin at the Stadio San Paolo, so it’s little wonder he insisted he come with him to London.
That said, the Blues are still a work in progress under Sarri despite their strong start.
Although it hardly shows on the pitch, there’s a sense the 59-year-old is using square pegs for round holes in certain positions within his 4-3-3 system.
As such, Chelsea will surely invest in the January transfer window, primarily to give Sarri the players he needs to carry out his philosophy but also have enough squad depth to go the distance this season.
PULISIC SET FOR CHELSEA SWITCH
Well, according to the Daily Mail, the Londoners are in pole position to sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal expected to be worth £70 million.
Referencing the looming expiry of the American’s current deal in 2020, the report claims: “Dortmund have now accepted they must cash in on him at the end of this season - having previously attempted to open contract negotiations."
Chelsea, though, are eager to strike a deal with the Bundesliga outfit this winter due to the threat of FIFA imposing a transfer ban over their alleged recruitment of under-age players.
The situation seems relatively clear-cut - especially considering Pulisic admitted his desire to someday play in England during midweek.
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here,” the 20-year-old said, per the Guardian.
“As you can see, we are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that. Then when the time comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, then that’s when those things happen.
“Like I said before, reading these articles [about me], I tend to stay away from that stuff. I know it is going to be there but it is not my priority.”
Valued around the £70 million range, Pulisic would be a luxurious addition to the Blues’ attacking midfield options alongside Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro and company.
CHELSEA FANS REACT
But given the proposed cost of the deal, Chelsea fans aren’t convinced he would be a worthwhile acquisition…
Pulisic - who has two goals and two assists from ten Dortmund appearances this term - isn’t quite the hot property he was 12 months ago.
Even so, another affluent suitor will probably snap him up if Chelsea elect not to come January.
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