Maurizio Sarri on potential Gonzalo Higuain arrival

Maurizio Sarri says he expects a deal for striker Gonzalo Higuain to be completed later today.

Sarri worked with the striker during his time at Napoli and, at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham, he was asked about the possibility of the Argentinian moving to Stamford Bridge, and what qualities he will bring to the side.

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‘Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea,’ he said. ‘We are hoping he will start scoring straightaway for us but there is more to his game than goals. He is a very strong striker and was especially strong during my first season in Naples, he did very well and scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A, and 39 in total. For sure he is one of the best strikers in my career, he has the right experience to play here.

‘He wants to win all the time, in any situation. As far as failure is concerned, I wouldn’t call it that, he still scored nine goals (at AC Milan) and he found himself in a team which is not at the same level as Juventus.’

Sarri also confirmed that Higuain won't be eligible to play in tomorrow's game against Tottenham, with the deadline for registering having already passed.


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