Chelsea fans have spent a lot of time calling for Maurizio Sarri’s head over the last few weeks. The Italian manager has suffered embarrassing defeats at the hands of Bournemouth, Manchester City and Manchester United in the space of just over three weeks and should Sarri survive he will need to bring in the right man in the summer.
The strikers that have been available to the ex-Napoli man throughout the majority of his Chelsea days simply haven’t been up to scratch. Moving on Alvaro Morata on-loan in January was a good move, yet the man he loaned in to replace the Spaniard wasn’t quite as coy of a deal, as Gonzalo Higuain doesn’t look like the goalscoring behemoth that was seen at Napoli, Juventus and Real Madrid.
Higuain could become a permanent Stamford Bridge man in the summer, yet if Sarri survives as the Blues’ boss he should cut ties with the Argentine forward and move onto a younger version South American striker in Mauro Icardi. The 26-year-old looks to be on his way out of the San Siro over the summer and he was recently stripped of the captain’s armband at the famous old club.
The striker crisis at the Blues has been going on for a while. The club have had a large number of top strikers join the club and flop and if Higuain doesn’t pick up the scoring habits that he’s been famed for throughout his career then he could be set for a harsh exit after his loan where he’d return to Juventus, where the Old Lady will likely be looking to sell him on for a quick buck.
That would leave the door wide open for Icardi to make the move to Stamford Bridge, and it’s a move that the Argentine should be dying to make. In the Champions League this season, the Argentine scored a thunderous goal against Tottenham in a 2-1 win, and his ability to find the net with both feet and his head and his movement in the box is second to none.
Any sort of fee that would be needed to prise Inter Milan’s star asset away would have to be monumental. The 2010 treble winners already look like losing Ivan Perisic, so if they’re to let their star Argentine go then they’ll be wanting at least £100 million to replace the 109 goals that he’s notched over the last five and a half seasons at the San Siro.