Chelsea’s striking situation is a major concern for the club. Alvaro Morata had a poor first season in England, and now it appears as though the club are ready to cash-in. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, whilst Chelsea’s interest in Maurizio Sarri continues, the Blues’ brass is interested in Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain – with a potential swap deal being mooted between him and Alvaro Morata. Certainly, something needs to be done with regards to Chelsea’s current attacking options – but it’s tough to see a way in which this move would work out well for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Granted, Morata’s season last term was a poor one, but to cash in on him so soon would be a mistake, to say the least. He showed, particularly during the first few weeks of the season, that his technical ability was far superior to that of Diego Costa, and his goalscoring record was solid to match. He scored in his first Premier League game, whilst goals against Everton and Leicester – alongside a hattrick against Stoke City – followed in the weeks thereafter. His goalscoring ability, then, can’t really be questioned – though it clearly dropped off massively as time went on.
Higuain, who is rated at £54 million by Transfer Markt, wasn’t much better last season. He scored 16 goals in contrast to Morata’s 11 – but he did so in 8 more starts – and so their strike rate is very comparable.
Furthermore, with the future in mind, this move wouldn’t be a very savvy move for Chelsea. Higuain is 30-years-old, whilst Morata is just 25-years-old. Naturally, then, the latter is only going to get better, whilst Higuain is realistically going to get worse as time goes on and his age continues to creep up with him. His World Cup form highlighted how his form was lacking, with the Argentine unable to step up to the plate.
Higuain is, of course, well known across Europe, and in the short-term, he’d probably offer more goals and quality than Morata. However, Chelsea must be logical – and signing Higuain makes little sense as far as logic is concerned.
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