Maurizio Sarri
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Maurizio Sarri is already learning how troublesome Chelsea’s board can be prior to his arrival at the club.

Not only has Marina Granovskaia dragged out the deal to appoint him as Chelsea manager a month into the transfer window, but club-policy will also essentially prevent him from pursuing two of his top transfer targets.

That’s according to Goal, who report that Sarri wants to bring Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain and Napoli attacker Dries Mertens with him to Stamford Bridge this summer.

There is, though, one potentially considerable stumbling block – both players are over the age of 30.

You may recall that Edin Dzeko’s age scuppered his proposed move to Chelsea back in January. The same may well be able to happen for Higuain and Mertens.

Goal report that Chelsea will stand by the club policy which only allows us to offer a rolling one-year contract to players over the age of 30. Considering their potentially hefty transfer fees, this rules out the club pursuing both of the aforementioned players.

We don’t imagine Sarri’s going to be best pleased with that…

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