24th of January 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
Chelsea have finally reached an agreement with AC Milan for the transfer of Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain, the 31-year-old moves to Stamford Bridge on loan until the end of the season. At the end of the campaign the Blues will have two options: either extend the loan deal until June 2020 for around 15 million pounds or make the move permanent for 31 million pounds. Higuain had joined AC Milan last summer, also on loan from Serie A champions Juventus. He scored 8 goals in 22 appearances for the Rossoneri, a lot less productive than he was at Juventus or Napoli.
"When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it," said Higuain. "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." Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri knows Higuain very well, they worked together at Napoli and had great results. In fact, Higuain's best season was under Sarri, the 2015-2016 campaign produced an outstanding 36 league goals from the Argentinian striker, a new Serie A record. "He is a very strong striker, especially in my first season at Naples," said Sarri. "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."
Higuain added: "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 linked with a move to Arsenal in 2016, but the Gunners were unable to compete with a fee of 75 million pounds that Juventus paid to Napoli for his transfer. Higuain scored 40 goals during his two seasons at Juventus, before moving on loan to AC Milan last summer. The Rossoneri replaced him with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, who joined them on a four-year deal. Current Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata doesn't have a place in Sarri's plans anymore, and he is set to join Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the current season.
Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League and they are 1/2 at Bet365 to finish in the top four at the end of the season.
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It's a bit strange for me that Chelsea has a couple of central forwards right now who Sarri don't using as much as he probably should and as a result they're both out of form while the club looking for another one which would come anything but chip to them.
I understand Iguain is a bit different type of both Morata and Girououd, a bit more mobile and Sarri has a success at Napoli using him but probably the manager should of done better with the players he's got especially when the Chelsea results wasn't that great lately playing without a classic central forward.
Still we have to expect Iguain will do a decent job for them under a manager he's used to work with.
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