Chelsea won’t be signing Gonzalo Higuaín on a permanent basis according to Italian outlet Arena Napoli, and if the reports are true the decision would be the right one for Maurizio Sarri.
The Argentinian – who now has a Transfermarkt rating of just £45m – arrived at Chelsea overweight after almost a month without training and, despite scoring two goals in three games, Sarri has not been impressed with his performances. He was dropped to the bench for the club’s Carabao Cup Final defeat to Man City on Sunday and it appears there’s no way back for the 31-year-old.
Sarri requires dynamic, positionally flexible players throughout his team so he can play his fluid ‘Sarriball’ system, and it’s obvious that at the moment Higuaín just isn’t in the condition to live up to these expectations. His finishing ability is still up there as one of the best in Europe but he’s struggling to get into the positions where he can have an impact.
If the manager is to succeed at Stamford Bridge he needs players who he can mould into his system and players he knows can already do the job, and Higuian fits neither of these categories. If Chelsea were to spend money on keeping him then it’s just money wasted that could be spent on a player like Mauro Icardi who managed at Napoli during his time there.
It’s also been reported by Corriere di Torino that Higuain’s parent club Juventus don’t want him back either, so there’s clearly an issue with the player if nobody wants to take him on. In their current position, with the current manager, Chelsea would be making a huge mistake if they made the move permanent.
If Sarri was to be sacked before the end of the season however, a new manager who plays another style may be able to get the best out of him.
In that case he could be a bargain signing, so we’ll just have to see how long Sarri lasts in the dugout.
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