Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of star striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is available for sale this summer.
According to a recent report from Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Juventus have put Gonzalo Higuain on the transfer list this summer. The star striker has been subjected to a move out of Turin for the past few weeks and Chelsea have been among the clubs interested in his services for the forthcoming season.
In fact, the Italian giants are looking offload the Argentine international following the stunning acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this week. The report further claims that Higuain could be sold for €55 million.
This could be a huge boost for Chelsea, who, as per Sky Italia, are apparently the only club chasing after his signature this summer.
Following a disastrous campaign under Antonio Conte, the Blues are keen to undergo a fresh campaign next season under the leadership of Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli head coach is expected to take over charge at Stamford Bridge within the coming days. And he has already identified Higuain as the ideal man to replace the struggling Alvaro Morata next season.
The last summer signing from Real Madrid, Morata has found it difficult to get his feet sorted out during his first season in the Premier League. Despite a promising start to the campaign, the Spaniard was completely out of touch in the second half of the season, which saw him score only one league goal since the turn of the year. Reports have been rife regarding his potential exit from Stamford Bridge this summer, paving the way for a new striker to lead the attack next season.
Higuain’s addition to the club will definitely come as a sigh of relief for many fans and board members alike. Considering the fact that lack of attacking potency was one of Chelsea’s main weaknesses last campaign, it’s absolutely imperative for them to bolster the offensive department this summer. And Higuain, with his wealth of experience, could revitalize the dire Blues attack.
Sarri believes the Argentine still has the quality to spearhead Chelsea’s attack despite an awful World Cup campaign with Argentina. The 30-year-old featured in just 132 minutes across four games as the Albiceleste were knocked out in the Round of 16 by finalists France.
That being said, the former Napoli marksman has an impressive scoring record throughout his years playing in the Italian top flight. He is also an experienced campaigner who is no stranger to success either, having won back to back doubles since joining Juventus while also bagging three Spanish league titles.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how Maurizio Sarri will manage to bring the best of this highly rated Argentine striker, who is equally criticized by a certain set of fans. But one thing is for sure, his healthy relationship with Sarri during their time together at Napoli will definitely play a key role as he aims to smack goals in the English Premier League.