With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, in Turin, speculation has been rife over Higuain’s future. Chelsea moved swiftly to open talks with the Italian champions once the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as head coach was confirmed last week.
Previously a long-time target of Arsenal, 30-year-old Higuain scored 146 goals in 256 appearances for Napoli and Juventus. While at the Stadio San Paolo, the Argentinean striker worked with Sarri before leaving for Turin in a £75m deal during 2016.
While Blues fans will hope the prolific striker continues his goalscoring exploits, the club has a long history of signing world-class players and seeing them woefully underperform.
Andriy Shevchenko, Radamel Falcao, and last season, Alvaro Morata are the most recent examples, managing 21 goals in 89 Premier League games between them. Since 2008-09, Higuain has netted 208 goals in 323 La Liga and Serie A appearances.
In 2015-16, the Argentina international equalled the 87-year-old capocannonieri record when he netted 36 Serie A goals.
Earlier this summer, reports circulated that Morata may return to Turin and it remains to be seen if Higuain’s departure will trigger a Bianconeri bid.
However, having financed the Ronaldo deal, the Agnelli family is attracting criticism for choosing to enrich the football club ahead of their Fiat interests. A second big signing this summer seems unlikely without some significant sales.