Chelsea has finally announced the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus. Higuain has been reunited with Sarri, who managed the striker from his time at Napoli.
The Blues have signed the Argentina striker on loan until the end of the season. Juventus has revealed 2 options for Chelsea after the end of his loan.
“The agreement grants to Chelsea the options to extend the duration of the loan until 30 June 2020, for a consideration of €18 million to be paid in 2019-20 financial year,” a statement on Juventus’s website read.
“Or to acquire the registration rights of the player on a permanent basis for €36 million to be paid in two financial years.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 23, 2019
The deal took some time to happen as he was on loan to AC Milan for the first half of the season. 3 parties – Chelsea, AC Milan, and Juventus were involved in the negotiations. Milan would not have let him go without securing a replacement – Piatek.
Then Chelsea had to offload Morata to free up space for Higuain, with the former joining Atletico Madrid.
“When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it,” Higuain told Chelsea’s website.
“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 has shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”
There’s no doubt that Chelsea needed a striker that scores, a lot. Morata and Giroud were just not the good enough. Not to forget, getting a top striker in January is really hard. And Sarri was delighted when he got his man.
“It’s very difficult in January to find one of the most important strikers in the world. So I think the club is working very well because it’s not easy to get a new striker,” Sarri said.
“We hope he’ll bring goals, that he starts scoring for us. He’s also very good at other aspects, other than just goals, but that’s what we are hoping for.
“He has had some difficulties recently, but we’re hoping we can raise him back to his best form.”
The 31-year-old will be wearing the “cursed” no.9 jersey at the Stamford Bridge.