According to Talk Sport, reporting via Sport Italia, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen to bring Gonzalo Higuain to the club as soon as possible.
Sarri has previously worked with the Argentine during his time with Napoli, and now appears to want a reunion with the 30-year-old.
Despite already having Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham on the books at Stamford Bridge, the new manager seems keen to bolster his striker options further. Any new arrival could of course also mean the imminent exit of a current Chelsea forward.
After a tricky first season in England, the recruitment of Higuain could well mean a premature end to Morata’s time with the Blues.
Even if Sarri does consider an up front upgrade necessary this summer, Gonzalo Higuain is not the kind of striker he should be looking to bring in.
Karim Benzema, of Real Madrid, possesses the kind of attributes that make him better suited to leading the line for Chelsea than Higuain is.
In combining the physicality, creativity and hold up play of Giroud, with the movement and finishing ability of a Higuain or Morata type, Benzema would be a perfect fit in Sarri’s side. The high quality of the Real Madrid man’s all round game would make the entirety of Chelsea’s attacking force an altogether more cohesive unit.
The Frenchman’s role at Real Madrid, where he has often existed solely to serve Cristiano Ronaldo, belies his own individual brilliance as a centre-forward. However, last season’s return of 5 goals in La Liga signalled a real drop off in form, despite the fact that the 30-year-old still provided 11 assists.
Now, after 9 seasons with Los Blancos, a change of scene could be what’s needed for the 4-time Champions League winner to get back to his prolific best.
Chelsea would be wise to offer Benzema this fresh start, as he has the ability to fire them back into title contention.