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Chelsea confident over lowering €36m fee for Juventus' Higuain - sources

Maurizio Sarri feels Gonzalo Higuain's expansive professional experience will allow him to adapt to the Premier League very quickly.

LONDON -- Chelsea are confident that Juventus will sell Gonzalo Higuain for less than the agreed price of €36 million if they decide to make the striker's loan deal permanent at the end of the season, sources have told ESPN FC.

Higuain, 31, has impressed since arriving at Stamford Bridge on loan in January, scoring twice in a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town and looking dangerous even as Chelsea suffered an historic 6-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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LONDON -- Gonzalo Higuain is showing the same level of determination in his first weeks at Chelsea that he displayed during his most prolific scoring season at Napoli, according to Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea agreed a lucrative deal to loan Higuain from Juventus until the end of the season with an option to extend or buy at Sarri's recommendation in January, and the Argentine scored his first goals for his new club in last weekend's 5-0 rout of Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.

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Higuain at the double as Chelsea hammer Huddersfield

Two goals apiece from Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a straightforward 5-0 win over a feeble Huddersfield.

Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goals in English football as Chelsea demolished Huddersfield Town, 5-0, to ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri. Eden Hazard also found the net twice and David Luiz contributed with a late deflected header.

Positives

Higuain looked much sharper than he did in the embarrassing 4-0 loss at Bournemouth and linked up nicely with Hazard at times, though there were also moments in which it was clear he is not yet completely on the same wavelength as his new teammates....

Chelsea's Gonzalo Higuain not in shape - Sarri

Julien Laurens and the ESPN FC crew assess Maurizio Sarri's seemingly tense relationships with his players, staff and the media.

Gonzalo Higuain is "not in shape" and needs to regain his best physical condition before he makes an impact for Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri has said.

Sarri substituted Higuain for Olivier Giroud to the fury of the travelling Chelsea supporters in the 65th minute of Wednesday's shock 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, the Argentina striker having proved unable to seriously test Artur Boruc on his Premier League debut.

Higuain had played just 130 minutes of football for AC Milan in 2019...