Chelsea are once again linked with a move for Maurizio Sarri’s former striker Gonzalo Higuain. He moved on loan from Juventus to AC Milan in the summer after Sarri tried to convince the Chelsea hierarchy to sign the Argentinian.
Many reports indicate that Higuain will certainly move to Chelsea on a six month initial loan until the end of this season.
This deal would be an excellent one for the Blues to sort out for several reasons. First, Higuain would help Chelsea so much in their quest for a Top 4 spot and a trophy. He is getting on a bit in age at 31 so he is past his physical prime. However, he is still one of the best pure goalscorers in the world.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a striker who can put chances away. Furthermore, Higuain would not need any time to adapt to Sarri’s tactical demands having already played under the Italian at Napoli. He can come in for six months or a year, score goals and then move on when Chelsea sign a long term striker. All in all, Chelsea gain what is likely to be the effective goalscorer they need at a low cost.
The Blues can also gain in another way. AC Milan are interested in signing both Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata. They already have Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is playing well, on loan from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea can sort out multiple deals that would suit their interests with a club who is a willing partner. Milan would be perfectly fine with letting Higuain go to Chelsea. He has struggled in Milan’s system which he is not ideal for and the Italians would no longer have to pay his wages once he leaves for London.
As part of the deal for taking the 31-year-old, Chelsea could demand that Milan sign Bakayoko on a permanent transfer. They can also ask that Morata goes to the San Siro on loan. If Morata does well and Milan sign him permanently in the summer, Chelsea will have gained back a decent percentage of the £100 million they spent on Bakayoko and Morata.
All in all, Higuain could be a very good signing indeed.