Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that the club need to sign a midfielder to replace Cesc Fabregas if the Spaniard leaves in the coming days.

Fabregas has been linked with a move to Monaco and had an emotional farewell in the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, after the Blues emerged 2-0 winners.

Chelsea have already confirmed a move for Christian Pulisic, but the American will only join the club in the summer.

The west London side have been linked with Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella as a potential replacement for Fabregas.

Fabregas’ departure would reduce the depth in midfield for Chelsea and Sarri has admitted that the club need to sign a replacement for the former Barcelona man, but did not confirm the club’s interest in Barella.

"I don’t want to speak about players of other teams.

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“If Cesc wants to go then we need a replacement", Sarri told a press conference when asked about Barella.

“I don’t know the situation of [Ruben] Loftus [-Cheek], if it is serious.

"Without Cesc we are only five, we need a replacement."

The Blues will hope to impress in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Tuesday, and take an advantage to the second leg.