Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Chelsea could move for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella. “If Cesc Fabregas goes, we will need a replacement.”
Monaco are on the verge of signing Fabregas, who had previously been linked with Milan, while Chelsea have reportedly launched a €50m bid for Barella, who Sarri knows from his time in Serie A with Napoli.
“I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go,” the Coach said at a Press conference, reports Goal.com.
“At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.
“I don’t want to speak about players of other teams [when asked about Barella]. If Cesc goes, we will, of course, need a replacement.
“With midfielders we are in trouble I think because of the situation of [the injured Ruben] Loftus-Cheek.
“Even if the situation is serious or not, without Cesc we have only five [midfielders]. Cesc can travel and have meetings with anyone.
“As you know, he had a standing ovation [in Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Nottingham Forest] and there were some tears because he gave so much to the Premier League.”