Transfer: Willian takes final decision on joining Barcelona from Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri demands a proper back-up of Jorginho

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"It's got nothing to do with business dealings I've got with his company", said Ferdinand, whose Five brand is available to buy at Sports Direct, a sports-goods retailer founded by Ashley.

Willian has just 18 months left on his contract and there is a consensus that an exit for the player will not be the worst decision especially if they get anywhere close to the figure quoted in this particular transfer deal.

However, Burnley claimed a 2-1 victory over Fulham, despite not registering a shot on target, to move away from the relegation zone.

And after the match, Sarri attributed his marquee summer signing's disappointing display to a lack of midfield cover in the wake of Fabregas completing a January move to Monaco.

Benitez's side are a point adrift of safety after losing 2-1 to Chelsea on Saturday.

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"I'm very happy with result but we need to improve mentally and technically because we lost a lot of the ball in a stupid way. In my opinion, Willian has to stay with us because for us he is really a very important player, like Pedro". Premier League clubs are actively involved in the market and Chelsea are tipped to be the busiest club among the country's top-four clubs.

Asked if Hazard enjoyed operating as a striker, Sarri said: "Not in the first half".

"As you have seen, today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn't a player for that position, so I need a player, I need an option for Jorginho", the Italian explained. "I can not do anything more". We stopped to play and then we had problems.

Blues boss Sarri is adamant that he wants to hold onto the 30-year-old, and said: "Of course I don't want to lose him".

"But next week, when we're playing against a team who are in and around us, they're the ones where we definitely need to be picking the points up". We scored after nine minutes, so we did not have to face difficulty. We did well as a team and were good in many parts of the game but in the final third they made the difference.

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