Abramovich appointed Marina Granovskaia as a Chelsea director and she is the Russian’s go-to person for transfer dealings.
It is Granovskaia’s job to negotiate fees with other clubs and contracts with a player’s agent.
She, in liaison with the head coach, will identify transfer targets that they want to bring to the club.
In this case, those men are Gonzalo Higuain and Callum Wilson. Higuain is Maurizio Sarri’s choice and Wilson is preferred by the club.
Only once the pair agree on who they want, and after the terms are agreed, will Abramovich swoop into action.
The mega-rich oligarch will then ‘sign off’ the deal in the final act before it’s completed.
“What we do know is the final decision on a transfer rests on Marina Granovskaia,” Sheth said.
“If Sarri likes a player and Granovskaia agrees, the wheels are put in motion and it goes to the very top where it’s signed off by Mr Roman Abramovich.
“This is how it works – transfers at Chelsea are decided between the manager and the sporting director.
“Since Michael Emenalo left the club as sporting director in 2017, Marina Granovskaia has become an all powerful figure at Stamford Bridge. She also oversees the academy and scouting network as well.
“Now it would explain why there are differing views over who the club wants to bring in.
“Sarri’s choice is not necessarily the same as Granovskaia’s, as we’ve seen with Gonzalo Higuain.
“it’s thought that Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson would fit the bill as far as Chelsea are concerned.
“We know Bournemouth have said he’s not for sale but if you look at factors like his age, he’s 26, he’s English, he would provide a sell-on value as well, he has experience in the Premier League.
“It appears with right now that Sarri is waiting for Granovskaia’s approval before it goes ahead with the deal to bring in Gonzalo Higuain.”
Higuain is unhappy at Milan, where his loan has gone sour, and wants the move to Stamford Bridge after falling out with sporting director Leonardo.
The striker previously worked with Sarri at Napoli, where he enjoyed the best season of his career in 2015-16 and scored 35 goals in 36 games.