Maurizio Sarri has refused to entertain speculation that Chelsea are poised to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace – but admits the Blues have work to do before the window closes on Thursday.
The new Chelsea manager has so far managed to sign £52million Jorginho – who arrived a day before his former Napoli manager – and Rob Green, in what has been a summer of frustration so far for the club.
But according to Monday’s newspapers, a deal for Zaha could soon be struck, with Palace looking for anything between £60m – £75m for the tricky winger.
Keeping the likes of Thibaut Courtois – who has asked to return to Madrid for family reasons – Eden Hazard, Willian and N’Golo Kante might prove just as pivotal for the Blues, but Sarri – although refusing to discuss Zaha directly – is intent on adding to his squad before the window shuts.
“I talk with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, not more. I spoke about positions and characteristics but no names,” Sarri said. “So, I don’t know. I think we need something, but maybe only a player.
“We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit].”
The news could spell further bad news for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has admitted his future is up in the air this summer and was on Sunday left out of their matchday squad for the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.