Whether you believe it or not, reports have surfaced claiming Chelsea are set to enter the race for Gonzalo Higuain.
At first we scoffed. After all, there is no way Higuain would join up with Joe Mourinho again is there?
On further thought, a deal should not be ruled out and here are five crucial reasons why.
Higuain wants to leave Madrid despite Mourinho going
If after Jose Mourinho had left Madrid, Higuain performed a u-turn and pledged his commitment to the club, it would have revealed his problems were with the coach and not the club. While it may have been a bit of both, Higuain has not stated he wants to remain, and the issue appears to be that he wants a change of scenery rather than specifically manager.
He can be the main man at Chelsea
Chelsea have the perfect trio of bit-part strikers, but are lacking an iconic star to be the number one. Fernando Torres has fallen short when it comes to scoring consistently, Demba Ba lacks the profile, while Romelu Lukaku is still emerging. Higuain can be the main man, the striker to lead their attack. And that can tempt him. At Madrid he had to compete with Karim Benzema who was his equal, and crucially was overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Guaranteed Champions League football
By time we reach September this may not be an issue, but Arsenal's Champions League qualifiers could well be causing concern to the Argentine. A potential tough draw with Real Sociedad awaits, and if Arsenal get it wrong, their whole season goes up in smoke at the first hurdle. Chelsea's guaranteed place in the group stages at this point offers Higuain greater security.
Mourinho knows how to get the best out of him
While we have touched on Joe Mourinho's past with Higuain, he is a manager who knows the way he plays and how to use him to maximum effect. Higuain has always scored goals under Mourinho, but injuries and competition for places had held him back at Madrid. Even last season he still bagged 17 goals, a sign that the Special One will have no problem plugging him straight into his new side.
Chelsea need to go all in for a striker before it is too late
The final thing which could net Chelsea the striker is 'desire'. The player is currently questioning Arsenal's after they bizarrely went cold on a deal to chase up a potential blind alley in Luis Suarez, and if Chelsea decide to go all in for him they might just get him. They can pay higher wages than Arsenal, and their top striking options are running out, with Falcao and Cavani signing in France. They will want one headline striker, and might just be coming around to the idea of Higuain as the most viable market option. If they can show him they want him more than Arsenal, then all of the above four reasons may just become supporting arguments.
Can you see a deal happening?
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