Maurizio Sarri opened up on the potential of signing Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain in his press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final 2nd leg against Tottenham, and was asked if the deal was completed by the deadline of 12pm on Wednesday.
 
Midday? It’s impossible. For tomorrow (Thursday), I think, it’s impossible.’
 
Gonzalo Higuain was in-line for a Chelsea debut against Tottenham on Thursday at Stamford Bridge, but the deal has gone beyond the deadline on Wednesday, meaning the striker is likely to get some kind of a run out against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup instead at the weekend.
 
Maurizio Sarri also updated the press and fans (via Chelsea FC) on the status of the deal to bring in a player he has worked with successfully at Napoli a few seasons back;
 
Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea.’
 
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.’

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