Maurizio Sarri has criticised Bayern Munich for publicly stating their wish to recruit Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea.

Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, on Wednesday said the 18-year-old had the qualities his side wanted. The German club have made multiple offers for Hudson-Odoi, including one this week of £35m.

Sarri said: “I think that it’s not professional, because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea. So they didn’t respect our club, I think.”

Sarri said he had recommended to Chelsea that two players be signed, but declined to say their positions. “I spoke with the club and the club knows very well my opinion,” he said. “In my opinion we need two players. Then it depends on the club decision.”

Sarri declined to comment on his apparent pursuit of the Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín, who is on loan at Milan from Juventus, but he did say that if Álvaro Morata departed, with loan moves to Sevilla and Atletico Madrid mooted, Chelsea would have to recruit a striker.

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“Of course, if Morata will go to another club we need a replacement,” the manager said.

Willian was on Thursday linked with Barcelona but Sarri said: “Willian for us is really very important. I think it’s impossible to lose him in January.”



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