Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has ordered the Stamford Bridge directors to sign a replacement for AS Monaco bound Cesc Fabregas, according to reports.
Fabregas played his last game for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest and he gave his departing speech to the rest of the team on Saturday as he prepares for a new challenge with the Ligue 1 club.
Sarri sees Fabregas as part of his plan but he can only feature on few occasion in the Premier League and in the Corriere Dello Sport says the former Napoli tactician has asked Marina Granovskaia to sign a replacement for the outing Spanish international.
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Chelsea has been linked with Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella but Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes is also on the club’s radar.
Paredes is seen as a better player to deputies Jorginho, the role Fabregas was fulfilling at the Stamford Bridge.
Cagliari could ask for as much as £45m for the services of Barella, Chelsea would not like to pay such a fee for an inexperienced player and could opt to go for the 24-year-old Argentine who had previously has a spell with AS Roma with the same asking price.
Sarri knows the ability of the Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder, his style is ideally suited to Jorginho’s style and will suit in 'Sarri’s football.'
Chelsea assistant manager Zola is a close friend of Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini, Zola finished his playing career with the club – and if Granovskaia decides to pursue Barella the deal could be completed soon.