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Chelsea's Sarri: I don't need to sign Jorginho alternative

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner delves into the latest transfer rumours surrounding David De Gea, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Adrien Rabiot and more in Transfer Rater.

LONDON -- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he does not want to sign a midfield alternative to Jorginho but would like to make Mateo Kovacic's loan from Real Madrid permanent.

Since the January sale of Cesc Fabregas, the coach said Kovacic is the only other player in his squad capable of filling in at the base of midfield.

"You know very well that, in that position, we have some problems because we have only Jorginho," Sarri, whose side face West Ham at home on Monday, told a news conference.

"In...

Pedro, Kovacic, Kante 9/10 as Chelsea rallied to stun Spurs and give Sarri a big boost

LONDON -- Chelsea recovered from their Carabao Cup final heartache and eased the pressure on Maurizio Sarri, as a second-half strike from Pedro Rodriguez and a comical own goal by Kieran Trippier secured a 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Positives

Sarri's job was potentially on the line, as Chelsea's top-four hopes dangled by a thread heading into Wednesday night's match, but victory has provided a significant boost to both. Champions League football might yet be back...

Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho overrun in midfield as listless Chelsea dumped from the FA Cup

Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba helped Manchester United avenge last season's FA Cup final defeat by dumping Chelsea out of the competition in the fifth round, winning by a score of 2-0 on another torrid night for Maurizio Sarri.

Positives

Chelsea still have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to next week ... against the Manchester City team that put six goals past them without reply a week ago.

Negatives

Chelsea's defending in the middle third of the pitch was woeful, allowing...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid want Eden Hazard and will offer Isco, Mateo Kovacic in deal

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.

TOP STORY: Real Madrid to offer Isco, Kovacic for Hazard

It's nothing new to hear that Real Madrid want Eden Hazard. The latest rumour about how far they are willing to go to get their man comes from Onda Cero, via Metro, who...