Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri reportedly wants Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain to join him at Chelsea next season.
With Chelsea finishing outside the top 4, the Blues are ineligible for Champions League football next season. And although Chelsea has an FA Cup final against fierce rivals Manchester United, manager Antonio Conte is bound to get the sack if he delivers the trophy or not. The Italian is quoted to be a ‘dead man walking’ at Stamford Bridge and has fallen out with the transfer board which will make his firing quite imminent in a few weeks.
However, the favorite candidate to replace manager Antonio Conte at Chelsea is the Italian’s compatriot Maurizio Sarri. The 59-year-old manager was close to bringing Napoli their first Scudetto ever since 1990 but failed at the last few hurdles and title rivals Juventus secured the Serie A title. Sarri came under heavy criticism for his management at the end of the season and is reported to leave the San Paolo Stadium after the Partenopei’s final game.
With Sarri being the prime candidate to replace Conte at Chelsea, the master tactician has already decided his first signing to be Juventus’ forward Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine striker was at Napoli and played under Sarri for one season before making a move to Turin but netted 38 times when the duo worked together.
But according to news outlet Tuttosport, Sarri is keen on reuniting with Higuain at Chelsea making the centre-forward his top priority in the summer transfer window. Juventus are also ready to let Higuain leave Turin despite the 30-year-old striker scoring 16 important goals for the Old Lady this season. Inside reports claim that a deal for Higuain could see Chelsea outcast Alvaro Morata return to Juventus.
This could be an interesting summer transfer window and the news seems very exciting. With Sarri entering the Premier League, he would like to bring in some of his key players from the Serie A along with him to Stamford Bridge. But it will depend if Chelsea’s transfer board give the Italian any power over recruiting players. One more stumbling block for Sarri to take the Chelsea job would be that he would have to compete in the Europa League instead of the Champions League.