What Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been told about signings by Roman Abramovich’s chief

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Chelsea splashed out £57million to reunite Sarri with Jorginho after handing him the job but the transfer situation has turned sour.

Sarri lined up Gonzalo Higuain to replace Alvaro Morata but Marina Granovskaia, Roman Abramovich’s trusted chief who is in charge of transfers, isn’t sure.

A deal has been done and it will be announced imminently – but it’s a loan move and not a permanent one.

Sarri wanted Cesc Fabregas to be handed a new contract but Chelsea refuse to give out deals longer than 12 months to over thirties. At 32, Fabregas instead signed for Monaco instead.

“He’s in a situation now which I think effectively almost every Chelsea manager in the last decade has found himself in in a January window,” McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast.

“He has identified particular positions in the team that need to be strengthened, he has gone to the board of directors and the head honcho Marina Granovskaia, and said: ‘these are the players I want’.

“And he’s effectively been told: ‘we don’t agree with you.’

“They don’t think the players are worth the money, they are good enough or they are young enough to bring into the club at the prices that have been quoted and therefore we’ll give you alternative suggestions and you can make your mind up as to who actually comes in.

“So they’re not near to the divorce courts as Chelsea have been repeatedly with Mourinho, with Conte just yet, but I think Sarri’s character is one which I don’t think he’ll put up with it for as long as Conte did, which was only two years.

“If things don’t improve in this window, and indeed the team suffers in terms of results as a direct consequence of the inaction of the football administrators to strengthen the squad, then he’ll go towards the summer and he may well think to himself: ‘I’m not going to put myself out there anymore, because I’m not failing on my own terms, I’m failing on the terms of someone else who I don’t believe knows as much about football as I do.’”

Chelsea are also hoping to land Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes for £31m while they will pay Higuain’s wages in full to get a loan deal done.

They have also negotiated an agreement to extend his loan by a further year – dependant on how he performs – which represents a small victory as Higuain’s current loan deal with AC Milan had included an option to buy at £32m.

Significantly, Higuain is free to play for Chelsea in the Europa League, as – despite turning out in the competition for the San Siro outfit – a summer rule change means he will be eligible.

He can also play against Tottenham in next Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg – provided he is registered by Wednesday.

Higuain has been Sarri’s top striker target since he replaced Antonio Conte.

The duo have a strong bond from working together at Napoli. And Sarri has made it clear to the Chelsea board that Higuain is needed, with Morata and France striker Olivier Giroud both struggling.

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