Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Gonzalo Higuain on loan until the end of the season. It is understood the loan could then be extended for another 12 months, subject to certain conditions.
Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A games for Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli team in the 2015/16 season but has struggled on loan at AC Milan this season, scoring just eight goals.
Chelsea have struggled to score goals this season with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to impress. Sarri believes Higuain is the player to help solve Chelsea’s attacking woes.
However, Paul Merson doesn’t believe Higuain has the credentials to make an instant impact at Premier League level. According to Merson, Higuain is past his best and could struggle to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
“I’m not sure on him,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He was a great player but looks below his best of late. He hasn’t pulled up trees for a while and now he’s coming to the hardest league in the world.
“He won’t have any time to adapt either as he needs to hit the ground running as Chelsea need someone to play as their focal point.
“I’d rather someone that has played in the Premier League before and knows what this league demands.”
HIguain’s arrival at Chelsea will see Morata leave Stamford Bridge for the Spanish league with Atletico Madrid interested in the striker.