Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed that Gonzalo Higuain’s move will be completed in a “few hours”, but added he won’t be ready in time to face Tottenham
The Argentina striker has arrived in London to undergo a medical with Chelsea now that his loan deal at AC Milan has come to an end following the Rossoneri’s reported €35m capture of Genoa star Krzysztof Piatek.
But unfortunately for Chelsea, they will now have to make do without Higuain’s services for Thursday’s second leg semi-final tie with Spurs in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge.
EFL regulations state that the deal must be completed before 13:00 (CET) today in order for Higuain to be eligible for the squad, which Sarri has now confirmed to be “impossible”.
However, the Italian coach is relishing the prospect of working alongside his former Napoli star once more and is convinced that his struggles at Milan are not a fair reflection on him.
After being deemed surplus to requirements by Juventus last summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m arrival from Real Madrid, Higuain left for Milan on a season-long loan deal.
But, in light of just six goals in 15 Serie A games, Higuain and Milan have ended their deal early so that the 31-year-old can reunite with Sarri at Chelsea.
“Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea,” said Sarri on the club website.
“We are hoping he will start scoring straightaway for us but there is more to his game than goals.
“He is a very strong striker and was especially strong during my first season in Naples, he did very well and scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A, and 39 in total.
“For sure he is one of the best strikers in my career, he has the right experience to play here.
“He wants to win all the time, in any situation. As far as failure is concerned, I wouldn’t call it that, he still scored nine goals (at AC Milan) and he found himself in a team which is not at the same level as Juventus.”