Remember those stories about Chelsea and Juventus swapping strikers, with Álvaro Morata nursing his Premier League bumps and bruises back to health in Italy and the Old Lady shipping us Gonzalo Higuaín in return?
Thankfully we can forget it, according to the striker’s agent and brother Nicolas.
“At the moment we haven’t spoken to any other clubs, as we have a three-year contract with Juventus. He is very happy in the city, at the club, with the coach and the tactical system. All these things people talked about other clubs are just rumours, we haven’t spoken to anybody.At the moment, he has three years on his contract with Juventus.”
One of the angles that was behind Chelsea’s (supposed) push for the switch was the (supposed) addition of Maurizio Sarri to the Blues. The two worked together during Higuaín’s best season, and Sarri is still held in high regard by the striker and his agent/brother. However, with Sarri yet to take the Chelsea post and Higuaín not so keen on leaving Juve, a transfer this summer is hardly a possibility.
“Everyone knows his rapport with Sarri is wonderful and he sees him as a football father. But as far as I know, Sarri hasn’t even signed for Chelsea yet. Secondly, Gonzalo is happy in Turin and hasn’t received any indication from Juve, so I see no real chance of leaving.”
-Nicolas Higuaín; source: Sky Sport Italia via Daily Mail
The sorry but cynical truth about transfer rumors is that what one day is “fake news” becomes fact the next day. So we take all of Nicolas Higuaín’s statements with a pinch of salt, as everything can change in the blink of an eye.
However, it does seem hard to believe that Chelsea would see equal value between a relatively young 26-year-old striker who has just a year under his belt in England and is (presumably) about to get a coach who suits him; and a 30-year-old, out-of-shape striker whose best days may be behind him. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for in these days of little communication, but a whole lot of speculation, over Chelsea’s future.
let's take xG out of the equation entirely. Non-penalty goals per 90, 2017-18— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) May 23, 2018
0.44 NPG/90: Alvaro Morata, horrible failure being run out of town
0.47 NPG/90: Gonzalo Higuain, new hottness
getting more shots is good! Morata stomps Higuain in xG90, 0.66 to 0.37— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) May 23, 2018