Chelsea transfer target Nicolo Barella reluctant to join Blues

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Chelsea transfer target Nicolo Barella reluctant to join Blues
Chelsea transfer target Nicolo Barella reluctant to join Blues

Chelsea target Nicolo Barella is reluctant to move to Stamford Bridge this month.

The Blues are looking to sign a midfielder so they can allow Cesc Fabregas to move to Monaco.

Fabregas agreed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Ligue 1 club this week, but returned to London and will see out the rest of the campaign at Stamford Bridge if Maurizio Sarri fails to land a replacement.

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Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has a good relationship with his former club Cagliari and that is something which could help in talks over Barella. However, the 21-year-old, who Cagliari value at £45million, is unsure about a move to Chelsea due to concerns over a lack of game-time.

Asked about new signings on Monday, Sarri said: "I don't want to speak about players of other teams of course. If Cesc goes of course we will need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble.

"Without Cesc we are only 5 so we are in trouble. We need a replacement of course."

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