Chelsea are ‘in talks’ to make a significant double signing, according to reports from ‘Goal’ on Monday.
It is well-documented who Chelsea’s target are, but according to Goal.com, despite not yet having Antonio Conte officially in charge, Chelsea have entered talks to sign Gonzalo Higuain and a midfielder – the double signing would cost around £80million.
Higuain, who scored a record-breaking amount of Serie A goals this season, would add significant quality to Chelsea’s frontline and probably indicate that Conte is looking at a formation change, with Diego Costa looking likely to stay at the club. Higuain says he will only consider a move to Chelsea should first-team football be guaranteed and that is only likely to be the case should he play alongside Costa. Higuain has a killer instinct in front of goal, whilst Costa is capable of playing a slightly deeper role. Should Conte be able to get the best out of Costa and Higuain, as a duo they could form one of the best Premier League strike partnerships of all time.
Despite Chelsea’s lack of Champions League football next season, it is believed that Higuain is open to moving to the Premier League as he turns 29 in December and would like to test himself in England before he is past his best. Last seasons form indicates that he is only just hitting his top gear.
Higuain would cost around £50million. The other part of this double signing is Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, whom Chelsea hold a long-term interest in.
Chelsea have already had a bid rejected for Nainggolan and we have kept you updated with all the updates on this story. Recently a Roma spokesperson said: “A player could be sold to bring in fresh funds and sign different figures, but it would in any case be a choice. We will make choices within the club with the perspective of coach and players to see how we can reinforce and improve Roma.” It is thought that Roma value Nainggolan at around £35million.
After having a £24million bid rejected for the all-action midfielder, Chelsea hope that £30million would be enough of a compromise to land the Belgian international. Nainggolan is a all-action midfielder who performs best in a box-to-box role. Naiggolan is also 28 years old, and whilst the experience would be a good addition for Chelsea, it could be questioned whether spending £80million on two players fast approaching their 30’s is a good idea.
Nainggolan is very different to any midfielder Chelsea currently have at the club. He is a strong, battling midfielder than likes to work further up the pitch than Nemanja Matic. He is less technically polished than Cesc Fabregas and more energetic than Jon Obi Mikel.
With the signings of Nainggolan and Higuain, should they happen, it may indicate that Conte is considering a formation change to a 5-3-2 formation. This would enable Nainggolan to play in a box-to-box role alongside Matic and Fabregas, whilst Costa and Higuain could form a fearsome attack. This formation would also give freedom to Chelsea’s attacking full-backs. It would also allow Juan Cuadrado, who is expected to stay at Chelsea for next season, to play in a right wing-back role.