The January transfer window is going to be an interesting one for Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri has done remarkably well to instil his philosophy in a squad including only five players of which he signed in the summer.
As the season approach its halfway stage, the Blues are currently fourth in the Premier League and eight points adrift of the undefeated leaders, Liverpool.
Despite Chelsea’s strong start to the campaign, there’s no question they’re far from the finished article as far as Sarri is concerned.
However, when asked if it would be necessary to spend in January for the sake of keeping up with Manchester City and Liverpool, the Italian offered a teasing response.
He said, per the Mirror: “Not always. We need to work and improve. We need to understand the style of playing.
“We need to change mentality - not because the old mentality was bad but it is not suitable with the new way of playing.
“Then after all this, maybe you need one player.
“But you cannot think you can buy 11 new players without problems. Then the problems will be the same.
“You have to create a new mentality and style of playing.
“We need to arrive at 95 per cent of our potential, then we can get the last five per cent with a new player.”
Sarri’s men perhaps aren’t performing with the consistency which saw them win 14 of their first 18 competitive outings under the former Napoli boss.
Perhaps, then, the 59-year-old is in need of the ‘last five per cent’ he mentioned earlier this month.
The only glaring weakness Chelsea bear is their lack of an in-form striker and if the Daily Mail is to be believed, Sarri has set his sights on Gonzalo Higuain to sharpen his attack.
“Sarri wants to strengthen his attacking options and worked well with 31-year-old Higuain while at Napoli,” the report reads.
“Milan are continuing to wrestle with Financial Fair Play restrictions and could be open to allowing Chelsea to take over their option with Juventus.
“Milan hold an interest in Chelsea's Alvaro Morata from the summer though it is understood any deal involving the Spaniard has yet to be discussed.”
When presented with the options of sticking with Morata and Olivier Giroud, playing Eden Hazard as a false nine or bringing in Higuain, there’s no clear consensus among Chelsea fans.
Here’s what they had to say…
Depending on the kind of deal Chelsea present to Higuain’s parent club, it could worth taking a punt on the Juventus striker.
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