Sarri wants new Chelsea striker

Sarri more interested in signing a winger than a striker like Higuain

Sarri more interested in signing a winger than a striker like Higuain

But Honigstein insists the two are completely different players and while Hazard will run at defenders, Pulisic will look to split the opposition with his passing range.

In fairness, the Italian has only had one transfer window to bring in suitable players for his system and the attacking players Chelsea do have are mostly sidelined. He's not a striker, he's the guy that operates on the wing or in the No.10 role and creates a lot of opportunities, plays the penultimate ball, plays the final ball and makes things happen in the final third.

"About his future, I think he's important for AC Milan, he's a great striker and they want to keep him". Maurizio Sarri will have seen glimpses of his ideas coming to fruition after some good performances this season, but there is still much work to do.

He said: "I didn't know anything about Pulisic yesterday [Tuesday]".

Chelsea started struggling striker Alvaro Morata up front in hopes of the Spain worldwide rediscovering his goal-scoring form but debutant Saints' goalkeeper Angus Gunn was the star in an otherwise lacklustre Premier League encounter.

Higuain, who played under Sarri at Napoli, has been strongly linked with a move to the club because of Chelsea's struggles in his position.

The goalless stalemate at Stamford Bridge saw Arsenal close the gap on Sarri's fourth-placed side to just three points, as they seek qualification for the Champions League.

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