According to the Telegraph, Chelsea have not yet opened talks over extending Gonzalo Higuain’s stay at Stamford Bridge.
Higuain was thought to be the solution to our goal-scoring woes, but has proven to be yet another contributor to the problem.
As a result, the Telegraph believe that Chelsea have gone cold on the idea of coughing up and securing his services beyond this season.
The report notes we have the option to pay £15.5M to extend his loan or pay £31M to turn the loan into a permanent transfer.
Why it should be goodbye Gonzalo
Higuain is not up to the standard set by the likes of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa. We expect better.
Just because Chelsea have endured a host of awful strikers since the turn of the decade, it doesn’t mean we should continue to do so.
No other team in the top six would so much as consider spending £15.5M to loan a five-goal 31-year-old for another year. We shouldn’t either.
We ought to approach this as we would any other transfer. Five goals in 18 appearances at 31-years-old is not worth £31M for a permanent transfer.
It doesn’t matter what Maurizio Sarri wants. It doesn’t matter what Higuain himself wants. What matters is what’s in the best interests of Chelsea.
Signing Higuain would be a step in the wrong direction.