Chelsea have finished the marking of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who joined the club on credit from Juventus until the finish of the season, the English Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Higuain joins Chelsea after his year-long advance spell with AC Milan was sliced to under a half year.
The arrangement reunites the striker with Chelsea supervisor Maurizio Sarri, who was administrator of Napoli when Higuain was at the club.
“At the point when the chance to join Chelsea introduced itself I needed to take it.
“It’s a group I’ve constantly enjoyed that has a great deal of history, a superb arena and they play in the English Premier League, an association I’ve for the longest time been itching to play in,” Higuain said in an announcement on the Chelsea site.
“I presently trust I can give back that trust Chelsea have appeared out on the pitch. I can hardly wait to begin and I want to adjust at the earliest opportunity.”
The arrangement, be that as it may, has come past the point of no return for him to confront Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup semi-last second leg on Thursday.
The 31-year-old did not sign before Wednesday’s early afternoon due date and can’t in this way play against Spurs at Stamford Bridge in a match Chelsea trail 1-0 from the principal leg.
Higuain’s spell at AC Milan began with six objectives in seven diversions yet he has just scored once in his last 12 appearances.
Sarri trusts he will rediscover the frame that saw him score multiple times in their last season together at Napoli in 2015/2016.
“He has had a few challenges as of late, yet we’re trusting we can raise him back to his best shape,” Sarri told correspondents on Wednesday.
“He’s still scored eight objectives in a group that isn’t at indistinguishable dimension from Juventus.
“He’s an exceptionally solid striker. Particularly in my first season in Naples. He scored 36 objectives in 35 coordinates in Serie A. Without a doubt, he is a standout amongst the best strikers in my vocation.”
Sarri was quick to help his goalscoring alternatives subsequent to dropping failing Spain forward Alvaro Morata and sending playmaker Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine’ in ongoing recreations.
Inquired as to whether the entry of Higuain was an indication that the club are behind him, Sarri stated: “I trust so.
“I think the club concur with me when I revealed to them my supposition about the group.
“The January advertise is exceptionally troublesome, particularly for a striker. It’s exceptionally troublesome in January to discover a standout amongst the most vital strikers on the planet.”
Chelsea are in the fourth and last UEFA Champions League qualifying spot in the English Premier League standings, three points in front of Arsenal who beat them 2-0 on Saturday.
Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus
Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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