Chelsea urged to abandon Gonzalo Higuain transfer in stunning Man Utd comparison

Chelsea urged to abandon Gonzalo Higuain transfer in stunning Man Utd comparison

That’s the view of Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

The Juventus striker is expected to finalise a move to Stamford Bridge this week, cutting short his loan spell at AC Milan.

Higuain will join Chelsea on loan until the end of the season and the Blues will have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Sarri is desperate for a new striker to solve his side’s worries in front of goal having lost faith in Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, forcing him to utilise Eden Hazard as a false 9.

“He’s got to come in and hit the ground running.”

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson

The Italian knows Higuain well from his time at Napoli and he’ll join Jorginho in reuniting with Sarri at Chelsea.

Moyes was criticised for targeting players he’d already worked with when he took over at United and the Scot’s reign ultimately ended in disaster.

And Merson has warned Sarri against doing the same thing, suggesting Higuain is past it and is not a better option than Giroud.

“I think at the moment Hazard’s wasted up front,” he told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain this week (Pic: GETTY)

“He’ll have his games up front where he’s a false nine against Brighton away and it’ll all come good but when you’re talking about the big, big games you need him to be a free spirit.

“You need him to be playing deeper. You don’t want him with his back to play.

“You watch, when Giroud plays with him, he always plays it into Giroud, he can play one-touch football. He’s a clever player, he’s not just a target man. He’s got a good brain, he sees things, he sees passes.

“For me I would play him. Sarri, he loves Jorginho, he’s had him before. He brought him in and he’s stuck with him. Now he’s bringing in Higuain, he knows him.

Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate for a new striker this month (Pic: GETTY)

“David Moyes got absolutely slaughtered when he brought Fellaini in. It was like, ‘He’s only brought him in because he knows him.’

“This is exactly what this man’s doing. There’s no vision, there’s no outside the box]. It’s like, ‘I know these two players, I’ll play these two.’

“This is two years on now. It’s a long time. He’s 31, he was playing in a Napoli team second to Juventus, pushed them all the way, quite an open team. That league is nowhere near like this one.

“I just think it’s a difficult one. He’s nearly 32 and he did absolutely nothing at AC Milan. To come over here and just go, ‘You know what, I’m going to do it now.’ For me it doesn’t work like that.

Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has struggled in front of goal this season (Pic: GETTY)

“You’re playing at a team like Napoli against a lot lesser teams where you’ll get loads of chances. Chelsea aren’t a team that make 15-20 chances a game, it’s real rations.

“Giroud has to play because two or three chances, he’ll score you a goal. This isn’t going to be five or six chances get a goal.

“He’s got to come in and hit the ground running. They haven’t got six months or, ‘He’ll be good next year.’”

Chelsea are back in action on Thursday as they welcome Tottenham to Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash.