Chelsea are set to announce the loan signing of veteran Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain. The forward will initially join on loan until the end of the season, but the deal will be extended until the end of next season if Higuain hits certain targets for the Blues.
The experienced striker was on-loan at AC Milan from Juventus. However, he endured a difficult time with the Rossoneri and they have agreed to terminate their season-long agreement.
Higuain has been prolific wherever he has played
In his prime, Gonzalo Higuain was once one of the best goal poachers in the world game. He was prolific in Spain with Real Madrid. He then moved to Italy with Napoli, where current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri managed him.
His good form in front of goal continued in Naples before he made a big money move to Juventus, where he again found the net on a regular basis.
The French-born star has scored goals wherever he has played. He will be confident of scoring goals in the Premier League, especially due to a reunion with Sarri in the English capital, as the Blues boss seemed to get the best out of the striker.
Chelsea needs a top striker
In truth, Higuain is not the same striker he was back in his prime. At 31, he is far from finished though and the move to a fresh environment may revive his career slightly after a disappointing loan spell in Milan.
Everybody connected with Chelsea will hope that he can rediscover his top form at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues are in need of a top striker. The Blues’ Spanish striker Alvaro Morata is reportedly close to sealing a move to Atletico Madrid.
The former Real Madrid striker had so much promise when he arrived at Stamford Bridge. However, Morata seems to lack the ruthless streak of a truly top striker. Maybe he is too nice a guy to be a success in the Premier League.
Back-up striker Olivier Giroud has been in and out the Chelsea team since his arrival from Arsenal last January. The Frenchman was not good enough to lead Arsenal’s forward line and he is not good enough to lead Chelsea’s forward line on a regular basis.
Chelsea boss Sarri has taken to playing winger Eden Hazard in a false number nine role in recent matches. However, the arrival of Higuain will likely lead to Hazard moving back to his natural position from where he thrives. The Blues do create chances, but they have just not had a penalty box predator that can finish them since Diego Costa left for Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal game too soon for Higuain
It seems that the Blues visit to London rivals Arsenal this weekend, a game Chelsea are odds of 11/8 to win, will come soon for Gonzalo Higuain to make his Blues debut.
Hazard is likely to continue in the role of false number nine for Maurizio Sarri’s team, who could take a giant leap in securing a Champions League spot with a victory at the Emirates Stadium.
In the next few weeks, Higuain is likely to be available for selection for Chelsea. The Argentinian may no longer be a youngster, but he will be keen to impress with the Blues.
Higuain could just be a big piece of the Chelsea jigsaw for Blues boss Sarri, as he looks for a return to Europe’s elite competition next season. The Blues are also in a good position, in which they can send him back if he flops.
For me, it is hard to see any downsides to Chelsea signing Higuain. He may be on big wages, but they are getting a proven striker for probably a small loan fee, so they have very little to lose in signing the Argentinian.
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