Chelsea are set to give up on their hopes of bringing in striker Gonzalo Higuain during the January transfer window due to the complexities of the deal involving two clubs, according to reports.
Higuain is currently on loan with Serie A
giants AC Milan
, with an arrangement in place with parent club Juventus
which states he can sign permanently in the summer.
Milan parted with £16million (€18m) to bring Higuain to the San Siro on loan, while committing to a further £32m ($42m) should they take on the player full time.
This arrangement has deterred Chelsea from attempting to bring the player to the Premier League, with the need to negotiate with both clubs a stumbling block, as reported by Goal
Sarri was believed to be hoping for a reunion with Higuain, who flourished under his command previously with Napoli.
Higuain made his name in Italy with the Neapolitan side, following a transfer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Chelsea's main investment last summer, Alvaro Morata, has not scored in the league since the first week of October.
Morata had been mentioned as a potential swap replacement for Higuain but he now looks set to continue his stint at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's other striking option, Olivier Giroud, hit his only league goal this season with a late consolation in Sarri's first Blues defeat at the hands of Tottenham.
The Blues have already been active in the January transfer window however, with the capture of Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic
The United States international has signed for Sarri's side, but has been loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the campaign.