Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea to wrap up a deal for Gonzalo Higuain so that he can unleash the striker against Arsenal this weekend.
Chelsea reached an agreement with Juventus for Higuain after the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday night, with the 31-year-old set to complete a temporary move to Stamford Bridge until the summer.
If Higuain meets targets set for him by Chelsea, including appearances and goals, it will automatically trigger a further one-year loan in the deal.
The Blues are set to unveil their new signing in the coming hours and it’s expected that Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid.
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are hopeful that the Argentina international will be available to make his Premier League debut at the Emirates on Saturday evening.
Chelsea will have to register Higuain as a member of their squad before 12pm on Friday in order for the forward to play.
Higuain has struggled on loan at AC Milan in the first half of this season, only managing six league goals, and is looking forward to being reunited with former Napoli boss Sarri at Chelsea.
Milan are working to get a deal over the line for Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek to replace Higuain before the January transfer window closes.
Speaking after the Italian Super Cup, Juve vice president Pavel Nedved hinted that Higuain’s move to Chelsea was imminent.
‘It’s not fair to speak about Higuain now,’ he said.
‘It would be not respectful for him, nor for AC Milan. We’ll speak about him tomorrow.’