It seems like no matter what Italian media outlet it is, there is some kind of transfer talk involving a Juventus player potentially being wooed away from Turin by Chelsea. All of it involves big transfer fees, big annual salaries and a whole lot of “What if?” kind of situations being thrown out there to the masses.
If the talk of Daniele Rugani possibly signing with Chelsea is No. 1 on the list, then Gonzalo Higuain reuniting with his former coach at Napoli in London is a close second. (Although these damn Miralem Pjanic rumors are popping up more and more these days.)
And it’s not going away, either.
Chelsea is making a move for Gonzalo Higuain. They’ve had their initial talks with Juventus, however, they have not spoken directly to the player’s entourage, namely his brother and agent, Nicolas, who is still in Buenos Aires. This is a sign that the deal is not imminent, even because Chelsea is working towards selling players.
(Souce: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Earlier in the week we heard about Chelsea’s rumored double bid for Rugani and Higuain, one that was reported to be around €90 million, being curb stomped by Juventus. Maybe that’s how Chelsea want to try and get the deal done — one fell swoop for the both of them without any kind of messing around and drawn out kind of late-transfer window drama.
But, when you consider what the transfer reporters are saying, a Rugani move by Chelsea seems a lot closer to being done than the one for Higuain, which seems like it would potentially cost them upward of €60 million or so.
There could also be a very logical step preventing any kind of Higuain move to Chelsea from happening — and that would be generating the funds to afford a hefty transfer fee via the same of their current No. 9, Alvaro Morata. And with there probably being just as many rumors — if not more — regarding Morata’s future in London, it seems like a decent bet that Higuain would end up being his replacement based on who new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly targeting this summer.
(Hint: Sarri wants to raid Serie A and sign players he’s familiar with. It’s basically what Antonio Conte wanted to do, but with a lot higher transfer fees being thrown out there.)