Maurizio Sarri has made the signing of a defender his top-most priority in the forthcoming January transfer window and the club are ready to offer David Luiz improved contract terms, this is according to reports.
Sarri inherited a quality squad but added a two goalkeepers and two midfielders in the summer transfer window. While many have called on the Italian manager to sign a striker, it appears that he wants to reinforce his back-line.
Since Sarri took over the helms of Chelsea, Luiz has been a mainstay in the back-line of the Blues and he has impressed all the times he’s been call up to play for the side.
During the reign of Antonio Conte, the Brazilian saw his stock reduced as he was left to watch most of Chelsea’s game from the bench last season.
He claimed he would have left Chelsea if Conte stayed put at the club but he is ready to stay beyond his current contract. According to the Standard, Luiz’s contract will expire next summer and the club will start negotiation for a new deal sooner than later.
‘In the first week I spoke with him. I said to him that “I am going to work hard to show you I want to play in your team, with your philosophy”,’ Luiz said regarding signing a Chelsea deal.
‘I had two offers from different clubs but I told Chelsea I wanted to stay. Would I have gone if Conte stayed? For sure. ‘But they changed for Sarri and I have tried to convince Sarri I want to stay at Chelsea.
I am playing now and enjoying it. I didn’t play (for most of) the last six months (under Conte). ‘Sarri is human, he wants us to take pleasure in playing football. He said every day we have to enjoy it.’
The report further claims Sarri has set his sight in signing a new centre-back in January who would come in the stead of Gary Cahill.
Chelsea were heavily linked with a move to Daniele Rugani in the summer but they have moved on and will attempt to sign a defender.