Pat Nevin explains why Christian Pulisic's deal was done so quickly in comparison to Gonzalo Higuain's transfer saga
- The Blues' legend believes Chelsea completed the winger's move early in January as there were 'other big clubs hovering around'.
- As per the Argentinian, strikers are usually 'the hardest players to source'.
- The 31-year-old forward is likely to undergo a medical on Wednesday.
As every Blue fan must be tired of the never-ending Gonzalo Higuain saga, Pat Nevin, Chelsea's former winger and the club's legend has explained why it took The Blues so long to complete the Argentinian's move in comparison to Christian Pulisic's transfer:
"It is no surprise the Christian Pulisic deal was done quickly. The club was clearly willing to shell out at the very top end of his expected value and he was then loaned back immediately to Borussia Dortmund, as they held all the cards in the negotiations.
So you can get the deals done early in January, but there is a price to pay to ensure you aren’t dragged into a bidding war. Other big clubs were definitely hovering around the American and Chelsea knew it."
AC Milan didn't want to let their striker go until the arrival of his replacement. However, as the Rossoneri have reportedly signed the Serie A sensation Krzysztof Piątek, there's no need for them to keep the Argentinian at San Siro anymore. Thus, Higuain is likely to be officially announced on Wednesday as The Blue hope to register him for the clash with Tottenham before the deadline.
"The other thing that isn’t in the club’s favour in trying to tie up a quick deal is that a centre-forward is usually the hardest player to source, well a centre-forward who guarantees goals, anyway. Look at the world-renowned strikers that have come to the club over the years. A few have come nowhere near the expected rate of goals, however many tens of millions of pounds were handed over."