Sarri regrets not signing Higuain for Chelsea, but he shouldn’t

According to Sky Sports Italia, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says that he regrets not being able to sign Gonzalo Higuain, rated at £49.5m by Transfermarkt, during the summer transfer window. 

What’s the story?

As reported by Sky Sports, Chelsea had a keen interest in bringing Higuain to Stamford Bridge this summer before AC Milan were able to secure the Argentine’s signature on a season-long loan deal.

Sarri has previously worked with the striker during their shared days at Napoli. It was under Sarri at Napoli, during the 2015/16 season, that Higuain recorded the greatest goalscoring figures of his senior career – 36 strikes in 35 Serie A outings.

Last season though, with Juventus, the 30-year-old managed only 16 league goals, his poorest return since plying his trade with Real Madrid in La Liga.

Even if Higuain’s powers are beginning to wane, he could still have had an impact in the Premier League. The Blues’ boss certainly wishes he’d have had the chance to prove it, and maintains that the man with 75 Argentina caps would’ve been a good signing.

Not what Chelsea need

After Alvaro Morata arrived in England last summer he made a bright start to life in the Premier League. Up until the turn of the year he was a consistent goal threat and looking like a very astute addition to the top flight.

A goal drought and dramatic dip in form saw the Spaniard’s confidence desert him in the new year though. Now there are huge question marks hanging over the 25-year-old heading into his second campaign with Chelsea.

With the likes of Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham available in reserve though, and of course Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro available to chip in with end product, the Blues still have plenty of goals in their squad.

Sarri should back Morata to come good. He has talent, and may have just needed a season to adjust to the pace, heavy schedule and intensity of English football. Having invested heavily in Morata only a year ago, Chelsea are better off backing him rather than splashing out on an ageing Higuain.