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Maurizio Sarri issued a firm response when asked how close Higuain is to signing

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri refused to be drawn on the prospect of Gonzalo Higuain joining Chelsea.

Higuain, who is on loan at AC Milan from Juventus, has been linked with a move to the Blues.

Asked how close Higuain was to signing, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I want to be clear because I cannot help you.”

Sarri is leaving Chelsea’s transfer activity to director Marina Granovskaia.

“I spoke with Marina two weeks ago, so Marina knows very well my opinion how to improve the team,” added the 60-year-old Italian, who was speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Arsenal.

“Then I decide to be focused on the pitch, on matches, on training.

“I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend all my mental energy on the market and I think it’s better if I spend all my mental energies on the pitch, so I am not able to help you.”

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