A lot is still up in the air at Chelsea after the west London club watched FIFA reject their transfer ban appeal.
With the Premier League outfit still able to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, though, the chance to strengthen their squad in the summer and bring in a new striker could still be there.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s £52m-rated Luka Jovic is just one name the Blues have been linked with (Goal) but, if Sarri has it his way, it could be a familiar face donning that No.9 shirt at Stamford Bridge next season.
Despite his struggles, Sarri seems intent on holding onto Gonzalo Higuain, expressing publicly his desire to keep the 31-year-old in SW6.
“Yes of course, but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus. It’s not clear the situation at the moment,” Sarri was quoted as saying by The Telegraph when asked if he wanted Higuain at the club for the next campaign.
To a lot of Chelsea supporters, the above is probably not something they wanted to hear. But should the Blues be unable to sign Jovic or another high-calibre centre-forward like Mauro Icardi, Higuain still remains a good alternative.
For all of the criticism the now retired Argentina international has received, he has shown signs that he is capable of ending Chelsea’s No.9 dilemma.
He has taken his five Premier League goals extremely well, while constantly testing opposition goalkeepers in a way both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata had not been.
Not boasting the best of goalscoring records during their spells at Chelsea, Giroud and Morata perhaps should not be the benchmark.
But still, with his movement and finishing, Higuain could be an intense pre-season away from rediscovering something close to his best form.
Should the Juventus loanee be Chelsea’s primary objective? Probably not. At 21 and 26, a deal for Jovic or Icardi would be much more smarter.
But if the two are out of reach for the Blues, then Higuain is by no means a terrible fallback option.
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