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Chelsea begin talks to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon

27 December 2018

Higuain is now on loan at AC Milan, who sealed a deal with Juventus to take the striker for £16m for the year with an option to buy.

However, negotiations failed to develop and the striker moved to AC Milan on a £16m season-long loan with an option to buy as part of a swap deal involving Leonardo Bonucci.

Real Madrid have reportedly been offered the opportunity to sign Lyon forward Nabil Fekir.

The 18-year-old impressed during the Blues' pre-season but has made only two competitive starts under Maurizio Sarri, prompting speculation over his long-term future. Chelsea are now struggling with both their No.9; Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud keeping on misfiring.

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Sarri said: "I like him very much".

"I have two and a half strikers at the moment, Higuain plays for Milan".

"But I don't want to talk about Higuain".

Chelsea has struggled to finish this season, evident in their 1-0 loss to Leicester City over the weekend where Marcos Alonso and Eden Hazard both found the woodwork on simple opportunities to finish.

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On Hazard he added: "There isn't a best position for Hazard".

At the same time, Morata is valued at around €45m, a massive drop from the sum they paid to get him from Madrid.

The Chelsea boss has built his midfield around Jorginho, the Brazilian he brought with him from Napoli, but Fekir offers a different kind of threat.

Assistant coach Gianfranco Zola admitted earlier this week that the club hold an interest in Bournemouth's Callum Wilson while it is understood a bid for Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic is in the works.

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Chelsea begin talks to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon