According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are entertaining the possibility of a swap deal involving Alvaro Morata for Gonzalo Higuain in the upcoming January transfer window.
It is believed that Maurizio Sarri is keen to reunite with Higuain, who he had worked during their time together at Napoli and are, therefore, ready to sacrifice Morata, who has failed to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge so far this season.
But is it a sensible move for the Blues?
Higuain/Morata swap deal: A good move for both sides?
Following a tough campaign at Juventus last season, Higuain has impressed with AC Milan this term, scoring five goals in just 12 matches.
Although he has missed quite a lot of matches due to injuries and suspensions, the Argentinian has inflicted some serious damage to the opposing defences when given the chance thus far.
Milan have struggled without the services of Higuain this season and it goes without saying that the former Real Madrid star has become a key part of the team, especially after the departure of Andre Silva in the summer.
That being said, Morata might not necessarily be a bad option for the Rossoneri given his past experience in the Italian top flight with Juventus.
As a matter of fact, the 26-year-old was involved in 28 goals in just 63 league matches for the Italian champions and very few would bet against him replicating those numbers at Milan.
As for Chelsea, they have struggled with the lack of productivity from their strikers this season. Although the Blues boast the services of quality attackers like Eden Hazard and Willian, the duo of Olivier Giroud and Morata have combined to score only six goals so far.
Therefore, the acquisition of a world class striker could be imperative if they are to finish in the top four come the end of the season.
Higuain, in that regard, fills the void perfectly as he is not only a renowned striker who has an exceptional scoring record, but is also someone who can bring a wealth of experience, having played for some of the top clubs in Europe.
Most importantly, however, the 31-year-old has previously worked with Sarri, which can not only help him acclimatise faster under the Italian’s tactical philosophy.
Higuain’s aerial prowess combined with his physical attributes as well as exceptional shooting prowess might be exactly Chelsea need as they aim to close the gap on the teams above them in the second half of the campaign.