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Signing Gonzalo Higuain would be a significant backwards step for Chelsea

Chelsea’s interest in Gonzalo Higuain is a topic of real interest for fans, and with good reason. The arrival of Maurizio Sarri was always going to shake things up, but a move for the Argentine veteran wasn’t expected by anyone. Indeed, an official deal may not yet come, but according to the Express, there is certainly an interest there.

It’s a move that would certainly have its plus points, as we’ve recently discussed. He’s proven under Maurizio Sarri, and his goalscoring form over the last few years is undeniably brilliant. You would think, then, that a move for him would come without risk – but it’s hard to take that viewpoint.

Indeed, the reality is that signing Higuain would inherently come with a significant sense of risk – as it’s a move that cannot, and would not, guarantee success.

In fact, a move for him could be exactly the opposite of what Maurizio Sarri needs, and it could get his time at Chelsea off to the worst possible start.

Previous form counts for something, of course, but his gradual decline has been coming for a while.

Though you could look at Higuain and Morata’s stats and compare them in a manner that is favourable to the former, you could also do quite the opposite. Let’s consider the facts. Last season was Alvaro Morata’s first season in a new country, in a new league, under a new manager, and playing in a new system. Not to mention, his campaign was fraught with injury, whilst his team as a collective looked poor too. Higuain, meanwhile, was a regular for a club that he has been at since 2016, and his team enjoyed success in Serie A.

You also can’t ignore the dip that Higuain suffered last season. Sure, his previous seasons were prolific, but that drop from 24 league goals to 16 league goals is concerning. At 30-years-old, there must be a shred of Maurizio Sarri that is thinking that the attacker is simply past his best and is experiencing a natural decline. Previous form counts for something, of course, but his gradual decline has been coming for a while.

You also have to consider Morata himself for a moment. The Spaniard started last season brilliantly, and though he struggled thereafter, much of that can be put down to injury problems. You can’t judge his form on a campaign that saw him unavailable for weeks at a time.

In the case of Higuain – has the best already come?

The financial cost is also something that must be thought of. Higuain will likely fetch a sizeable fortune, regardless of how a deal is constructed, and he isn’t likely to be a worthy investment. At best, he’s got a few years left at the top, but then what happens? Chelsea will simply lose out on all that investment. They’ve been buying young players in recent years, like Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley, and whilst they haven’t had ideal starts to their respective spells in London – the best is yet to come. In the case of Higuain – has the best already come? Not to mention, Alvaro Morata’s transfer value has arguably not been lower than it is now in several years, and so a move makes little sense from that perspective, and at just 25-years-old, it would be a shame to see him depart the club so soon. Chelsea have suffered from similar decisions to give up on players too quickly in the past, and now the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah are thriving.

Maurizio Sarri has the opportunity to take Chelsea into a new era. An era dominated by energy, youth and excitement. Higuain would be a significant backwards step in that quest, though, and it’s a move that could get Sarri’s reign off to the worst possible start.

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