Chelsea have bolstered their attack with the signing of Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, reuniting the striker with his former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.

Higuain joins the club on loan from Juventus, having just completed a loan stint at AC Milan. Chelsea will have the option to buy the striker, meaning Blues fans could be seeing him at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.

The 31-year-old will add firepower to the Chelsea attack and will be key in consolidating a top-four finish for the Blues.

The signing likely signals the departure of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who has reportedly undergone a medical at La Liga side Atletico Madrid. However, the addition of Higuain ensures that the gap that will be left by Morata will be filled.

Higuain will be a loss for Milan, as the Argentine striker was a proven goal scorer in the Serie A – he had scored six goals in 15 league appearances for Milan, while he had amassed a total of 111 goals in 177 league appearances for both Napoli and Juventus.

Milan have acted swiftly in replacing the departing Higuain, signing Polish international Krzysztof Piatek for €35 million. The striker joins from fellow Serie A side Genoa on a long-term deal.

The addition of Piatek is a positive one for Milan, with the 23-year-old scoring 13 goals in 19 league appearances – the second most in the Serie A so far this season.

Piatek is only 23-years-old and therefore has plenty of years left in him. The deal is a smart piece of business by Milan and it could equate to a long-term stay for the striker at the club.

As for Genoa, the loss for Piatek is a tough one, who has scored 52 percent of the club’s goals this season. However, it means that €35 million gets added to the bank, which can be used to fill the gap left by the striker.

It will no doubt be an interesting second-half of the season for these clubs and players to see whether they can have an impact.

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Tim Sperliotis
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