What’s the rumour?
Chelsea were desperate to sign a quality finisher in the last summer but failed to do so. According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are keen on signing Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan in a swap deal with Alvaro Morata. They might also target Nabil Fekir this summer who has been a long-term target for Liverpool.
Maurizio Sarri’s likeness for the Argentine striker is well-known by the footballing world. The Duo generated immense respect for each other when they were working at Napoli. Chelsea is lacking a poacher in front of goal, and therefore Sarri is interested in bringing Higuain to the Stamford Bridge in the summers.
Sky Sports in Italy understands that Morata, who is struggling to find his form in England is likely to return to Italy. He spent two years with Juventus and won two Serie A titles and two Italian Cups but now he may be land in San Siro and join Gattuso & Co.
The heart of the matter
Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud both have struggled for form with Chelsea this season and have only managed to score six goals together in the league. Sarri is now looking to bring Higuain to London and swap Morata instead who has not been good enough for the blues. In their last defeat to Leicester City, the lack of attacking firepower was quite evident. Apart from Hazard, no other Chelsea player looks to threaten the opposition goalkeeper during the match. Both Morata and Higuain have an estimated market value of £45.00m.
Last time Sarri and Higuain worked together was with Napoli where he scored 36 league goals in a season, before joining the Old Lady. The deal, however, would be a little complicated as Higuain is on loan at Milan from Juventus.
The 31-year-old striker was supposed to join Chelsea in the last summer but later on, decided to join the Rossoneri in a loan deal worth £16.3m.
Sarri called Higuain a “wonderful player” at his news conference on Friday, but refused to discuss a potential move for the Argentina international.
“As you know, I like him very much. He is a wonderful player, a wonderful man,” Sarri said.
“But I don’t want to talk about Higuain. I have two strikers, two-and-a-half at the moment, and Gonzalo is playing for AC Milan. It’s better not to talk about him at the moment.”
Nobody can deny that Chelsea desperately needs another striker in their ranks to strengthen their attack. Morata and Giroud have got ample opportunities to prove their worth but failed to deliver.
Rumour probability: 6/10
Alvaro Morata is likely to leave London and return to Italy. Chelsea will definitely target Higuain in the next summer, but Milan will also be looking to hold onto him and not give away their quality players which they were guilty of on previous occasions. Sky Sports is a reliable source and we have to wait to see how it unfolds.
For now, this should be seen as a developing story. However, considering the Argentine striker’s impressive skills, Chelsea will be really eager to sign him. It remains to be seen how Milan react to this development.