Chelsea Transfer News: Maurizio Sarri Won't Deny Failed Gonzalo Higuain Interest

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 14, 2018

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 07:  Gonzalo Higuain of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 7, 2018 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has effectively confirmed his side were unsuccessful in signing Serie A striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer and lauded the hitman as a "goal machine."

Sarri's Blues were closely linked with his former Napoli charge, who left Juventus to join AC Milan on loan in August. The Chelsea boss told Corriere dello Sport of his admiration for the forward, who Sarri believes could have won the Scudetto for the Partenopei (h/t Metro):

"Whatever response I give [to the question of whether I wanted Higuain at Chelsea] will be considered wrong and put words into my mouth.

"All I can say is that I feel Gonzalo left Napoli too soon. If he had stayed for another season, I think we could've been in a condition to win. Higuain was a part of the fantastic mechanism we created, we understood each other so well.

"It was perfect synchronicity and the regrets will probably stick with us. I miss Higuain a great deal. I miss him because he'll keep scoring goals until the day he dies. He is a goal machine, a systematic and automatic jackpot."

The UEFA Europa League Twitter account supports Sarri's belief, with Higuain only failing to score in his first two league games for Milan:

Higuain was already at the Stadio San Paolo when Sarri arrived in 2015, and the pair worked together for only one season—the best scoring campaign of the striker's career (38 goals in 42 games)—before he joined Juventus.

The Argentina international's record for Milan is six goals in seven games, continuing the prolific habits he's developed in Italy, per commentator Adam Summerton:

Higuain wasn't as potent at Real Madrid, although his record of 122 goals in 264 matches for Los Blancos is impressive nonetheless and at least poses the question as to whether he could be a hit in the Premier League.

A move to England looks unlikely, though, as he turns 31 in December and will likely make his move to the San Siro permanent in the summer.

Higuain has encountered some criticism in his career for failing to show up on the big stage, particularly while on international duty, but his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

Chelsea have record signing Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud as options up front, and Sarri recently signalled his belief in the former to fulfil his potential, per sports writer Gabriele Romano:

Neither of those talents has been anywhere near Higuain's scoring numbers, however—they have a combined two Premier League goals this season—and one can see why Sarri may long for his former hitman.

The Blues are relying on Eden Hazard for much of their goals as the attack-focused Sarri tries to replicate old successes in west London while making the most out of his current options. 

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