Chelsea seal Gonzalo Higuain loan move
by Chirag R Bhattad
Stamford Bridge: Chelsea Football Club have completed the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus football club. Juventus have terminated Higuain’s loan deal with AC Milan and negotiated another loan deal for the Argentine striker. Higuain will now be re-united with Maurizio Sarri under whom he thrived, scoring 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A at SSC Napoli.
It is a 6 month loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain, with an option to extend the loan deal to unto 18 months. The extension would cost Chelsea £15.6M. Juventus have also inserted a buy clause of £31.3M which is not an obligation. Here is what Gonzalo Higuain had to say after the completion of the move:
"When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It's a team I've always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I've always wanted to play in. I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can't wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”
Gonzalo Higuain has been one of the most prolific striker in the last decade and has scored 214 league goals in the last 11 years, only behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani. He has been in hot form prior to this season, scoring 93 goals in his last three seasons. In Higuain, Chelsea have bought a sure-shot goalscorer and a player who is familiar with Sarri-ball.
Maurizio Sarri was extremely happy to see the deal go through and this is what he had to say about Higuain:
"He is a very strong striker, especially in my first season at Naples. He did very very well. For sure, he is one of the best strikers in my career. I hope that he will start scoring for us. I know he has had some difficulties at the moment.”
The focus will now be on the hotly contested race to finish in the top 4. Chelsea are 3 points above both Arsenal and Manchester United and are facing a crisis of confidence. Meanwhile, the injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli coupled with the Asian Cup duties of Hueng min Son has made the situation extremely desperate at Tottenham as well, who are forced to play Fernando Llorente up top. Chelsea will also be looking to go deep in the Europa League, a completion which Sarri had little regard for during his time at Napoli.