Maurizio Sarri
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Maurizio Sarri may be denied the signings of two of his reported summer transfer targets before he even steps foot in the door at Chelsea.

We brought you the news on Wednesday evening that a report had claimed Sarri would pursue both Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain and Napoli attacker Dries Mertens after becoming Chelsea manager.

Both players are tried and tested, and both have worked under Sarri’s stewardship before. He knows their strengths, their weaknesses and how to get the best out of them.

However, the Italian may not have his wish granted. He may not get his two desired attackers. And that’s all down to a pre-existing Chelsea club policy.

Chelsea no longer hand out contracts longer than one-year in length to players over the age of 30-years-old. We didn’t compromise for John Terry, Ashley Cole or Frank Lampard. We’re not going to do it for Higuain and Mertens.

With the presumably high expenditure that would be involved in their acquisitions, it seems unlikely that Chelsea would risk losing them on a free next summer. We can cross these two names off the list.

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