The 33-year-old Portugal international joined the Italian champions in the summer’s sensational transfer from Real Madrid earlier this week with speculation immediately beginning over which of the Bianconeri’s stars would leave.
According to former England boss Fabio Capello, the answer is 30-year-old Higuain who is expected to be one of soon-to-be-named Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
The pair know each other well from the Argentina international’s time at Napoli where Sarri was head coach until the end of last season. Now replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, Sarri is expected to be appointed next week in place of his compatriot Antonio Conte.
Higuain scored 91 goals for Napoli in 146 appearances and 55 goals in 105 games for Juventus. Capello is convinced this will be enough to convince Chelsea that the outlay is a worthwhile investment despite his age and lack of resale value.
“I think Higuain will leave and I think he’s heading towards Chelsea, where Sarri is waiting with open arms,” claimed Capello.
He was equally impressed by the Bianconeri’s signing of Ronaldo. Speaking on Italian television, Capello said, “Ronaldo’s arrival is very important for Italian football, a work of genius for Juventus and for all of Italy.”
“It also represents an investment that will certainly improve the club on a financial level too. Ronaldo is a money-making machine and brings definite business to Juventus.”