This news emerges despite heavy apparent interest on Chelsea’s part in bringing the Argentine to Stamford Bridge this summer, as reported by the Daily Star, via Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.
With Sarri seemingly very keen on adding a top level new striker to his ranks during this transfer window, the news of Higuain’s decision to join the Rossoneri must be a bitter blow.
With Morata having failed to perform consistently last season, and Giroud, at 31-years-old, not the elite level prolific forward that the Blues need, Sarri must return to the market to find a new solution for his goalscoring woes.
That solution could present itself in the form of Dries Mertens.
Like Higuain, Mertens is a striker Sarri has worked with, and gotten the best out of, before.
Last season, in Sarri’s Napoli side, Mertens scored 18 Serie A goals and provided a further 6 assists. Not only is Mertens a reliable and regular goalscorer, but he also has the ability to drop a little deeper and make himself integral to the build up play.
The Belgian’s versatility also means he could ease the creative burden currently placed upon the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian in the wider areas of the pitch.
At 31-years-old, Mertens is hardly one for the future, but nor is Higuain. The Napoli man also has a far superior recent record in front of goal than his Juventus counterpart.
Beyond that, Mertens looks like he’d be a cheaper option than Higuain. Transfermarkt value Mertens at only £27 million. This is would represent a significant saving compared to Higuain’s £49.5 million valuation by Transfermarkt.
In Mertens, Sarri would be getting more for his money and would be bringing to the club the kind of forward that the Blues so desperately need.
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