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Chelsea tell Scolari he must sell before buying

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been told he must sell before buying in January.

The Times says Scolari had expected to be given some of the £28 million that was set aside to sign Robinho in the summer before the club were gazumped by Manchester City on transfer deadline day, but, with Chelsea looking to cut costs across all areas of their business, the money will no longer be forthcoming.

Scolari had shrugged off comments from Peter Kenyon that Chelsea would not be "active" in January, but since the chief executive's remarks at last week's NFL Global Sports Summit the message has been relayed to him internally.

The Brazilian may be permitted to make an emergency signing or to take a player on loan if the injuries that have hit his squad badly this season increase significantly, but in the normal course of events he will have to sell before he can buy.

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