Chelsea Transfer News: Gonzalo Higuain Deal 90 Per Cent Likely in Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2018

Juventus' forward from Argentina Gonzalo Higuain applauds fans during the trophy ceremony following the Italian Serie A last football match of the season Juventus versus Verona, on May 19, 2018 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Juventus won their 34th Serie A title (scudetto) and seventh in succession. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly "90 per cent" likely to move to Chelsea this summer amid speculation Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join the Serie A side.

According to Tuttosport (h/t Sport Witness), with Ronaldo potentially on his way to Turin, the Italian champions will consider selling their No. 9, with the Blues said to be interested in the 30-year-old.

Chelsea are the only suitors mentioned for the Argentina international, with Juventus said to want €60 million (£53 million) before they decide to cash in on their record signing.

As Sport Witness noted, Tuttosport, a Turin-based newspaper, has been gripped by Ronaldo fever as of late. It's suggested there is confidence the forward will soon make the switch from Real Madrid to the Italian champions in a £100 million (€88 million) deal.

Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Juventus.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Juventus.BENJAMIN CREMEL/Getty Images

According to beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri, to get the transfer over the line the Bianconeri are willing to let some big names leave the Allianz Stadium this summer:

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

Cristiano Ronaldo-Juventus: Juve have approved the plan to sell Higuain and Dybala to make room in their budget. Pjanic could stay if Fiat sponsors Cristiano. TONIGHT meeting Florentino-Mendes

Higuain arrived at Juventus two years ago in a surprise transfer from Napoli. At the time, the £75.3 million switch made the former Real Madrid forward the third-most expensive player in the history of the game.

The striker has had a successful two years at Juve. Domestically, the Bianconeri have continued to dominate, winning their sixth and seventh Serie A titles over the past two campaigns, as well as two Coppas Italia.

Higuain also helped Juventus to the UEFA Champions League final in his first season at the club, although they lost to Real Madrid 4-1. Still, as OptaPaolo noted, he's long been the most deadly finisher in the Italian top flight:

OptaPaolo @OptaPaolo

111 - Since becoming an Inter player, Mauro #Icardi has scored 100 league goals; only Gonzalo #Higuain (111) has more in Serie A in that time. Dualism. https://t.co/ucBsy7sW95

Despite his pedigree in front of goal, Higuain has earned a reputation for missing chances in big games for club and country.

Nevertheless, Rafael Hernandez of Barcelona fan site Grup 14 doesn't believe Ronaldo's arrival in place of the Juventus striker would result in the Italians winning the biggest prize in club football:

Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117

Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus is going to work as well for them as Higuaín did. Will help retaining the Scudetto and Copa Italia, that’s all.

Still, it's difficult to see how the duo would work in the same side, as both Higuain and Ronaldo are renowned poachers who flourish as a result of the creative work of their team-mates. Arguably, there wouldn't be room for two players of that ilk in Massimiliano Allegri's setup.

It would be intriguing to see Higuain in the Premier League. While his intelligent movement in the penalty area and deadly finishing would see the striker score goals anywhere in football, the intensity and physicality of English football would present a fascinating challenge for Higuain at this stage of his career.