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Chelsea have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain, and reports suggest that the Blues have reached an agreement with Juventus to take the 31-year-old on loan until the end of the season.

There had been hopes that Higuain could make his debut at the Emirates, but that is now out of the question, as the deal hasn’t yet been confirmed.

Gonzalo Higuain’s agent, his brother Nicolas, is reportedly in London to see out the deal, and a recent photo of Higuain has now gone viral that he is in London as well.

Higuain declined to comment on reports of a move to Chelsea on his return to Italy in the early hours of Thursday morning.

And now, Maurizio Sarri has declined giving an update on the deal, and claims he’s unaware of how close Chelsea are to signing the striker.

Asked how close Higuain is to joining Chelsea, Sarri replied: “I don’t know. I want to be clear because I cannot help you.

“I spoke with Marina two weeks ago and she knows my opinion of how to improve the team.

“And then I decided to be focused on the pitch for matches and training. So now I’m confident because I know Marina is working hard but I don’t know anything about the market.

“So I don’t call her every evening otherwise I spend all my mental energy on the market and I think it’s better if I spend mental energies on pitch.

“I’m not able to help you, I don’t know.”

Reports also claim Chelsea are making progress on a £31m deal for Leandro Paredes, the Argentine midfielder who has impressed for Zenit Saint Petersburg over the past two years.

Sarri is also keen to find a replacement for Cesc Fabregas after the Spain midfielder completed a move to Monaco earlier this month, and Sarri is a known admirer of the 24-year-old and sees him as a good replacement for the departed Cesc Fabregas.

“We need a replacement in my opinion,” he said.

“Marina knows very well my opinion so I’m not frustrated… at the moment.”

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