Chelsea has signed Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to buy him for 36m euros (£31.3m). The Blues also have the option to extend the Argentine’s loan deal until June 2020 for 18m euros (£15.6m).
Higuain, 31, spent the first half of the season on loan at AC Milan, scoring eight goals in 22 games. He also played under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri while at Napoli in 2015-16, equalling the Serie A goalscoring record with 36 goals.
The Argentine expressed delight at the move. “It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.”
On his part, Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri praised the new signing and expressed confidence in him. “He is a very strong striker, especially in my first season at Naples,” said Sarri. “He did very very well. For sure, he is one of the best strikers in my career.”
Higuain was linked with Arsenal when Juventus signed him for a then domestic record £75.3m from Napoli in July 2016.
After scoring 40 league goals in two seasons, he moved to Milan in August, with the option of making the deal permanent at the end of the season for a fee of 36m euros.
He has completed his medicals at Stamford Bridge.