After weeks and months of rumours, Gonzalo Higuain is now a Chelsea striker as the Argentine’s signing was confirmed on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old has cut his loan deal with AC Milan and has now joined Chelsea from parent club Juventus till the end of the season.
Besides his native Argentina, Higuain has played the bulk of his career in Spain and Italy, and has scored an impressive 275 goals in 537 matches so far in his career.
Higuain even scored a record 36 league goals when he was at Napoli under Maurizio Sarri.
Upon signing for the club, Higuain has revealed that he’s happy to fulfill his dream of playing in England.
He told the official Chelsea website: “For a long time I’ve wanted to play in England but until now such a concrete opportunity hasn’t presented itself, so it was something I was never going to miss out on. It’s a huge challenge to come and play in the Premier League and I hope I’ll be able to settle in here at Chelsea. It’s a wonderful team and I hope we can bring a lot of happiness to the fans.
“Chelsea is a team who always has great players and as kids everybody watched the Premier League, so it’s a real dream for me to come and play in this league, having already played in three of the best leagues in the world, it’s a real source of pride for me and I hope to make the most of it.”
Higuain’s stats are impressive, but former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has warned him that the Premier League is different from the Serie A.
“Will he bring something different to the club (from Olivier Giroud)? Probably, as he is a different player,” Schwarzer told The Debate.
“He is someone who is more renowned for scoring goals.
“It is a different game and league (to Serie A), the pace of the game is so much different here in the Premier League.
“So if he does come in at the level he needs to be, and it is going to take a while, it is not something that is going to happen overnight.
“So he needs to hit the ground running and be top fit to be able to fit into the side and play the way he played at Napoli. And he has not got that time.”