As the January transfer window nears, all sorts of rumours have come to fruition. With Chelsea struggling in the striking department, names such as Mertens, Wilson and Higuain have been repeatably reported in the media. One rumour generating some interest is the idea of a swap deal of Morata for Higuain. But how likely is this deal?

Chelsea’s two striking options this year have failed to produce the goals required for a genuine title challenge. As fans have become continually annoyed at the lack of goals from the number 9’s. Whilst Olivier Giroud is a perfect squad player, it’s the 58 million striker Alvaro Morata, who’s future is very much in doubt. Never quite settling into Chelsea, Sarri has lost his patience with the Spaniard. Countless big chances missed and a lack of a presence up front has held Chelsea back in the last 12 months. His days are very much numbered. If he doesn’t go in January, he will be certainly leaving in the summer.
Let’s look Gonzalo Higuain, who Maurizio Sarri just called a ‘wonderful player’ amid the transfer speculation. It’s a player he knows well after all. His best scoring season was under Sarri at Napoli, netting 36 goals in the league. The striker would be a perfect addition to the Blues as he already has the ‘Sarri-Ball’ style of football in his repertoire.
The 31 year-old is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus but Milan are struggling with financial fair play rules and may have to offload him. Milan did have an interest in Morata but never formally enquired about the Spaniard. There is a potential for the striker to make the move because of that relationship with Sarri.
He can offer a clinical nature up front that has not been seen at Chelsea so far. His finishing is well documented as he has scored goals in Spain and Italy as well as countless goals in Europe. His link up play will bring in the likes of Hazard, Pedro and Willian as he create as well as score. If Chelsea can create the same chances as they did for Morata for Higuain, they will see a much higher output from the Argentinian.
It could perhaps be difficult to adapt to English football with it only being a short term loan, but he has the qualities to play in England and in this Chelsea team. It would also help to take the pressure off Eden Hazard who is the top scorer so far. Sarri claims he has two strikers already and admires Higuain from his time working with him but doesn’t want to talk about him at the moment.

For now it stays as speculation, but Sarri has ruled out a move for Callum Wilson claiming Eddie Howe is a good friend who he wants to see happy. Higuain would be the safer option as his pedigree is much better than Wilson’s. It could be said that he is a few seasons passed his prime, but he still has the ability to help Chelsea compete and maybe win in domestic and European competitions.

Aspiring sports journalist, published on multiple websites and looking to write for more. Huge football and Chelsea fan.


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