Reports claim Chelsea have agreed a loan deal with Gonzalo Higuain’s parent club Juventus and a move for the 31-year-old is expected to be completed this week.
AC Milan have reportedly agreed terms with Genoa over the signing of Krzysztof Piatek who’s seen as the replacement for Higuain. Piatek is expected to sign a five-year deal with Milan after they agreed a £30.9m fee with Genoa.
For Chelsea, the Blues are in dire need of a striker, with Alvaro Morata reportedly on his way to Atletico Madrid.
Maurizio Sarri had grown fed up with his two strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud and is keen for the Argentine to join him. Sarri has resorted to playing Eden Hazard as a false nine, but since the 2-0 win over Manchester City, it’s a strategy that hasn’t worked and Hazard went missing in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The big question for many is whether Higuain can be successful at the club and do well like Didier Drogba and Diego Costa who have been the best strikers the club has had in recent years.
High profile strikers like Andriy Shevchenko, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Morata have struggled to do well at Chelsea, and former Blue Pat Nevin has discussed Higuain’s likely effect in the team.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “The other thing that isn’t in the club’s favour in trying to tie up a quick deal is that a centre-forward is usually the hardest player to source, well a centre-forward who guarantees goals, anyway. Look at the world-renowned strikers that have come to the club over the years. A few have come nowhere near the expected rate of goals, however many tens of millions of pounds were handed over.
“You also want one who not only guarantees goals, but who also suits the system that Chelsea are playing at the moment. That sounds pretty easy, but it isn’t necessarily so. I remember watching Fernando Torres, in particular, struggle to get enough goals and it wasn’t because he was suddenly a bad player, but more that Chelsea didn’t play anything like the way Liverpool did, which had of course suited him perfectly.
“The question has been asked, do we need another big striker who is physical? After all, Chelsea fans have loved the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa who were hugely successful, but would that really suit Sarri-ball?”