Premier League giants Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their chase for Juventus and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of a top striker this summer, with Juventus’ star marksman Gonzalo Higuain admitting he ‘would love to play in the Premier League’, in an interview with ESPN Argentina (h/t Daily Mail).
Chelsea are understood to be in the market for a world-class striker to boost their attacking ranks, following a disappointing debut season for last summer signing Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard arrived for a club record fee of £60 million and was off to a blazing start, but saw his form wither in the second half of the campaign.
Morata finished the 2017/18 season with just 11 goals in 31 Premier League appearances, managing to score only once since the turn of the year. And it is believed that the club hierarchy aren’t really pleased with the former Real Madrid’s efforts and might look to offload him this summer, with a return to Juventus being mooted in the media of late.
And the Blues, in turn, are understood to be interested in bringing Higuain to the Stamford Bridge. The 30-year old Argentine international has been on the radar of the West London outfit for a while now and the club have already been offered a chance to sign him up.
And now with Higuain expressing his desire to play in the Premier League publicly, the speculations are set to intensify even further. Speaking about his future with the Serie A champions to ESPN in Argentina, the 30-year old former Napoli and Real Madrid striker said (as quoted by Daily Mail):
‘‘I have a contract with Juventus and no one has communicated anything different. I’m very calm, my soul stays in Turin for now. But I would love to play in the Premier League, it fascinates me a lot.’’
Higuain joined Juventus back in the summer of 2016 from Napoli in a £75 million deal and has become an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s side, playing a crucial role in their continued domination on the domestic scenes in Italy. Till date, the 30-year old has netted 50 goals in 105 matches for the Bianconeri, lifting two Scudettos and two Coppa Italia trophies as well.
Currently on international duty with Argentina for the summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Higuain has a contract with Juve that runs till the summer of 2021 and any deal for him will cost Chelsea the big bucks.
The 30-year old saw his goal tally drop from 32 in the 2016/17 campaign to 23 in the 2017/18 term across all competitions. And given that he will be 31 years of age by the time the festive period hits the Premier League, it might not be the most prudent investment on the Blues’ part, despite his proven class and experience.