Chelsea have reportedly made contact with Juventus to step up their pursuit for Gonzalo Higuain, but any deal for the clinical forward remains complicated.
Goals have been an issue for us so far this season, as we’ve got the unwanted record of having the lowest goalscoring tally of the top six sides in the Premier League, while we’ve managed to score just five goals in our last six games across all competitions.
In turn, a January signing to address that problem could prove crucial for the second half of the campaign, and Higuain continues to be linked as the solution for Maurizio Sarri.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the 31-year-old wants to join us and signing a forward this month has now become our priority with Higuain topping the list of targets.
Further, La Gazzetta dello Sport note that Blues director Marina Granovskaia has even made contact with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici, but two problems still exist in a possible Higuain deal.
Firstly, Juventus want an immediate fee for the talismanic forward while it’s claimed we prefer to simply pick up the remainder of Milan’s loan deal. In addition, this all hinges on Milan’s approval to allow Higuain to cut short his loan spell with them.
In truth, that second factor makes it highly unlikely we’ll be seeing the 290 career-goal striker at Stamford Bridge this month, as it could be argued that the Italian giants aren’t going to find a viable replacement in the next two weeks.
That in turn could lead to disappointment for us in our reported pursuit, and it raises the question as to whether we should now start to focus our attention elsewhere with the former Real Madrid striker called up to play in their Coppa Italia game on Saturday.
It will perhaps be a significant blow for Sarri in particular, as Higuain enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his career under our boss in the 2015/16 season, scoring 38 goals in just 42 games for Napoli. How we could do with similar figures from one of our frontmen this year…