Chelsea may have to pay €60m to land key target to solve problematic area

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Chelsea struggled for goals last season, and that arguably will be an area that new coach Maurizio Sarri prioritises this summer ahead of his first season in charge.

The Blues managed just 62 goals in 38 Premier League games last season as they finished in fifth place and missed out on Champions League football.

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That was the lowest tally of the top six sides in the table, and to put it into further context, that was 44 less goals scored than champions Manchester City.

In turn, Sarri will have to look at how to make his new squad more clinical and prolific, with current options Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling to score consistently last season.

According to Calciomercato, that search could lead the Italian tactician to a reunion with Gonzalo Higuain, but it’s claimed that Chelsea will have to splash out up to €60m to prise the Argentine forward away from Juventus.

What the 30-year-old does provide is a regular source of goals, as he’s bagged 55 in 105 appearances since joining Juve in 2016, while he enjoyed the best spell of his career under Sarri with Napoli, scoring 38 goals in just 42 games in the 2015/16 campaign.

With that in mind, that would arguably make him the safe option for Chelsea next season as he has a proven goalscoring record and Sarri knows how to get the best out of him. With the pressure on the Italian coach to deliver immediate results at Stamford Bridge, it could be the most logical solution.

Time will tell if the pair secure a reunion, but with Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juve last week, as per the club’s official statement, perhaps that raises question marks over Higuain’s presence in the starting line-up under Massimiliano Allegri next season and could open the door for a potential exit.

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