Chelsea are once again being linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain, but they would be much better served swooping for a reported Liverpool target instead, who just also happens to be Higuain’s teammate.
According to Corriere dello Sport journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Maurizio Sarri wants to add four new faces to the signing of Jorginho, and one of those is Higuain.
Pedulla tweeted after the Jorginho coup that Chelsea will move for the Argentine striker next week, alongside Daniele Rugani, Aleksandr Golovin and Alisson Becker.
The man Maurizio Sarri should be looking at however is Paulo Dybala, who could be Sarri’s new Dries Mertens.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the crafty little Argentine as they continue to search for a new number ten, but the appeal of working under Sarri in London could lure him to Stamford Bridge.
According to Argentine broadcaster TyC (via Sky Sports) and various Italian outlets, the Reds are willing to pay €90m (around £80m) to bring the 24 year-old to England, and Chelsea should absolutely throw their hat in the ring.
Perhaps one of the most appealing things about Sarri’s Napoli reign was the improvement of Mertens. The little Belgian was a wonderfully talented and pacey player, with all the skills and creativity in the world, yet just lacking that killer instinct.
The 31 year-old has now scored 56 goals across the last two seasons after Sarri converted him to a central striker, and Dybala could have the same impact for Chelsea.
The 24 year-old, tipped to become the next Messi as a youngster, started out as a striker, but has shifted back to a number ten role in the last couple of seasons. Here he has shown his creative side, averaging nearly two key passes per game last season, and the potential link-up play between him and Hazard is truly mouth watering.
Despite his impressive work as a creator though, Dybala is a goalscorer through and through, grabbing 26 goals in all competitions last season despite playing deeper. He has electric pace, terrific close control and dribbling, surprising strength, and never hesitates in front of goal. This is why Sarri could make him the elite striker he looked to be when he broke onto the scene in Turin.
Fans grew increasingly tired of the negative football under Antonio Conte, and one of the biggest problems was the lack of threat in behind. Dybala’s pace and movement would fix this, his goalscoring record is better than Morata’s, and his quick passing and link-up play is far superior to the heavily linked Higuain, making him a much better fit for Sarri’s free flowing football.
So, Chelsea fans, do you think Dybala is worth £80m? Would he be better than Higuain? Or should you just stick with Morata? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…