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Sarri calls Higuain after Chelsea loan deal was moved to next week

Sarri calls Higuain after Chelsea loan deal was moved to next week

Gattuso left Higuain out of his squad after saying he was not "mentally ready" while Genoa's Krzysztof Piatek, who is set to replace Higuain at Milan, was suspended.

"So, I'm quite excited about Higuain, obviously Morata hasn't worked and Higuain's a bit more physical and it's better than spending £75m on Callum Wilson who is a player that I think is really good but he's had three serious knee injuries and even now he's injured with a hamstring problem".

The deal for Higuain is a complicated one, given negotiations must involve Milan and his parent club Juventus.

The 31-year-old also sat out the Coppa Italiana against Juventus on Wednesday, suffering from the flu.

Higuain scored a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli in the 2015-2016 season.

Higuain, 31, now on loan at Milan from Juventus, is expected to fly to London on Tuesday to wrap up a six-month deal with Chelsea.

Deflecting blame from his own decision-making after the 2-0 loss, Sarri didn't hold back with a damning critique of his players' mental fragilities on Saturday after Chelsea's grip on fourth place in the Premier League was weakened by goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

Sarri said then that a new arrival could galvanise a team he has found "extremely hard to motivate".

Perhaps most damning is the continued ineffectiveness of deep-lying midfielder Jorginho who, whilst meticulous in retaining possession, has yet to make any substantial contribution to the team's play in the final third.

Hazard told francefootball.fr: 'I didn't just frustrate (Antonio) Conte.

'I frustrated (Jose) Mourinho.

- Kevin-Prince Boateng has completed a surprise loan move to Barcelona from Sassuolo, adding more bite, depth and experience into Ernesto Valverde's squad, albeit in the form of a player who is well beyond his prime days. Beyond that, waiting until the 80th minute to bring on Callum Hudson-Odoi made little sense when it was evident Chelsea's attack was lacking in flair and imagination. The Spain striker has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.

However, he has only found the net once in his past 12 appearances.


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