Premier League giants Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with Juventus to sign Gonzalo Higuain, who could cost them €60 million.
Chelsea are on the verge of completing the capture of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus, according to a report from Sport Mediaset. The Italian giants have reached an agreement with the Blues regarding the transfer of Higuain to West London for a €60 million fee.
The Argentinian international had earlier claimed that he ‘would love to play in the Premier League’. His desire to play in the English top flight piqued Chelsea’s interest in the former Real Madrid striker, whose switch to Stamford Bridge could be officiated immediately after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea are believed to be in the market for a striker this summer, following a disappointing debut campaign for Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard joined the Blues last summer for a club record fee of €60 million but has failed to justify his expensive price tag.
Despite a fiery start to his career at Chelsea, Morata saw his form wither in the second half of last season as he scored only two goals since the turn of the year. Thus, his chances of remaining at Chelsea next season seem dubious with the Blues already scouring the market for a potential replacement.
Gonzalo Higuain, on the other hand, has been regarded as one of the best strikers in world football. His incredible stint at Napoli earned him a big-money move to Juventus in 2016. In Turin, Higuain has become an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s side as they won two back to back doubles since his arrival at the club.
However, he faces an uncertain future with the club, especially Juventus being linked with a stunning €100 million coup for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Therefore, a move to Chelsea seems like a logical decision for the Argentine international who has a good relationship with Sarri during their time together at Napoli. In fact, the 30-year-old holds high esteem for the Italian mastermind and would love to reunite with his former manager at Chelsea next season.
That being said, Higuain suffered a significant drop in his goal scoring tally last season. After banging in 32 goals in his debut campaign, his tally dropped to 23 across all competitions last season. Additionally, the former Real Madrid star has appeared petulant during the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Argentina bowed out of the competition in the Last 16 stage with Higuain featuring in just 132 minutes across four games.
Higuain’s deterioration in terms of his overall gameplay has been evident in the past 12 months. Thus, despite his proven class and experience, it might not be the most productive investment for Chelsea, especially given the fact that the Argentine will also be 31 before the turn of next year, although it remains to be seen how the move pans out if it indeed comes to fruition.