Chelsea have completed the signing of Christian Pulisic after months of rumours, and another player the Blues have been linked with is Lyon star Nabil Fekir.
Although Sarri has dismissed talks of signing a striker this January, the Blues boss has revealed that he’d want to strengthen his wings, and Fekir who’s an attacking midfielder will definitely be of interest to Sarri.
And now, Fekir was mysteriously left out of Lyon’s squad for their clash with Bourges Foot in the Coupe de France this weekend, and this has made Chelsea supporters begin to get a little excited that the 25-year-old could be on his way to Chelsea.
Fekir is not believed to be injured and there has been no explanation for his absence.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud revealed that he and Eden Hazard during the summer had talked to Nabil Fekir about the possibility of joining Chelsea.
“I spoke to him when we were together in the French national team, when his move to Liverpool fell through,” Giroud told Foot Mercato.
“Then we discussed Chelsea, and I even think that Eden said a couple of words to him.
“We would obviously welcome him, he is a super player, but I don’t know if this is something that could happen as the window closes on Thursday.”
The Frenchman has 18 months remaining on his current deal with Lyon and will be sold if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have managed only 12 league goals between them this season, while Fekir has scored 7 goals from his attacking midfield position in all competitions this season.
Chelsea have struggled for goals this season, and Fekir’s attacking instinct might just be what the Blues need to break opposition defences when they try to sit deep.
Gianfranco Zola has admitted that the technical crew is working hard to ensure that the team starts scoring more goals as teams come to the Bridge and defend very deep, admitting that the team is still a work in progress.
“We have a task in front of us,” Zola said. “Nowadays the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 per cent of the time they sit back in the last 40 metres, and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody. In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there.
“This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have – for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet.
“We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task.”