Sarri: We need two new players

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that he would like to add two new players to his squad this month.

The Blues have struggled for goals recently, only finding the net 11 times in their last 10 Premier League matches, while they lost 1-0 to Tottenham in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final encounter on Tuesday.

Sarri has been linked with Gonzalo Higuain, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus, but has refused to elaborate on stories suggesting he is keen to bring the 31-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

"As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market," he said. "In my opinion we need two players, but then it is up to the club.

"We need to score, of course. In the last match we played very well, with continuity. With a great performance from the physical point of view, but we didn't score.

"Now we have this problem. We need to solve this problem."

Callum Hudson-Odoi continues to be linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich this month while Brazil international Willian is wanted by Barcelona.

Sarri has said Bayern have been unprofessional in the way they have attempted to sign Hudson-Odoi and is keen for the teenager to stay at Stamford Bridge while he has ruled out a January move for Willian.

"You have to call the club and ask about the market, I don't know what to answer," he said of Barca's interest in Willian.

"Of course not [to lose him], he is a very important player. I think he can do better, because the potential is higher. He is really very important for us so it is impossible to lose him in January."

Chelsea, 4/11 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and 5/1 to win the Carabao Cup, are 2/9 to beat Newcastle United on Saturday.