Chelsea have chosen not to extend Gonzalo Higuain’s stay at Stamford Bridge but it is unclear if they have that clear choice or not.
With a transfer embargo cast upon their heads, the Blues will be unable to sign any players this summer or in January 2020. Higuain was initially signed on a 6-month loan deal with an option to keep him for one more season.
Activating that option will not only cost Chelsea £15.7m but it could also go directly against FIFA’s rules. Signing the Argentine outright will cost upwards of £30m which can also be vetoed by the ban.
Higuain was handed a giant contract when he came to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are unsure about keeping him for longer. Even if the transfer ban is lifted, Maurizio Sarri will take caution before paying such a huge sum for a 5-goal striker.
The Italian managed to guide Chelsea to the fourth spot of the Premier League which has temporarily relieved sacking rumours. It all could depend on the results of the Europa League final against Arsenal.
The latest reports claim that Alvaro Morata could be bought out by Atletico Madrid for a hefty sum. This would leave Sarri to pick from Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi or Tammy Abraham in the centre-forward role.