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It’s been reported Chelsea will seek to sign a new striker in January with Alvaro Morata not performing as expected and Olivier Giroud not being seen a long-term first choice option.

Ahead of the January transfer window, Chelsea have been linked with a move for AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who played under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli before he moved to Juventus in 2016.

Sarri hailed Higuain as a wonderful person and player but insisted he has two strikers at Chelsea.

“I like him very much. He is a wonderful player and a wonderful man,” Sarri said on Friday.

“But I don’t want to talk about Higuain because I have two strikers and Gonzalo is playing for AC Milan, so I think it’s better not to talk about him at the moment.”

Chelsea might put plans to sign a striker in January on hold if Eden Hazard continues to impress in the centre-forward role. Sarri has experimented with Hazard as a false nine in Chelsea’s last two Premier League games and he has scored once and provided three assists.

Hazard was deployed severally in the striking role under Antonio Conte last season, and Hazard admitted he was frustrated playing that role under Conte as he hardly got to touch the ball but with Chelsea having more of the ball this season, Hazard has confided in Sarri that he would love to continue in the striking role.

Sarri said: “He told me he likes very much to play there. I wasn’t here last season, so I don’t know why he said that before.

“There isn’t a best position for Hazard. He is a wonderful player, you have to let him be free on the pitch.

“We started the two matches as Hazard as a striker. Then I wanted to see the solution to work in other situations, so I need two or three matches to see it. I explained the point of view to Giroud, then we will see.”

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