New Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has seemingly indicated that he is opening the door to Gonzalo Higuain re-joining the Old Lady of Italian football this summer. The Argentine joined Chelsea during the January transfer window while the club was under the guidance of Sarri.
Higuain’s time with the Blues is largely viewed with mixed emotions. He went on to score five goals in all competitions from eighteen games in all competitions. Ideally, most Chelsea fans will want their club to keep hold of the veteran for at least one more season. The club faces a two window transfer ban which means that they will not be able to sign any new players for the upcoming season. They can however extend the loan deal of Higuain or sign him permanently as his initial loan deal was agreed in January (before the transfer ban came into effect).
The Blues are set to make a return to the Champions League next season and if Higuain does remain, his past experiences in Europe’s Premier Club competition could be vital if the club wants to advance to the deep stages of the competition.
Sarri and Higuain have a good relationship and also worked together during their time at Napoli. It was actually under Sarri that Higuain played the best football of his career as he went on to score 38 goals from 42 games in all competitions during the 2015/16 season.
There is no doubt that the opportunity to return to Juve under Sarri will be appealing to Higuain. It will allow him to play in the League and under the manager where he enjoyed the best football of his career.
“Pipa is a lad I love a great deal and it depends on him if he remains. There are directors here who have been following these players for years, so I will listen to their opinions too” Sarri said as quoted by Football Italia.
“Maybe not [on] Higuain, who I know pretty well, but I will first and foremost listen and adapt to what the club suggests.”
He continued: “I haven’t spoken to Gonzalo since the post-Europa League Final party. I had to get my ideas sorted on Juve and this club.
“He is a Juventus player, so when he returns from vacation, we’ll have the opportunity to talk.
“Gonzalo has the characteristics that allow him to play with anyone. I said it depends on Gonzalo because I get the feeling he didn’t enjoy the post-Juventus experience and was a little shaken after that season, these things happen.
“If he can get a strong reaction, he can play another 3-4 years at a high level.”