Gonzalo Higuain is looking set to leave Real Madrid behind the summer transfer window in search of Serie A champions Juventus, who look on course to light things up on a world stage next season following a hugely impressive domestic campaign.
Madrid had a largely rocky season last time around, they eventually recovered, but not enough to even come close to beating rivals Barcelona to the La Liga championship. Things may be going from bad to worse for the Spanish outfit, as Higuain looks hugely likely to make a dash away from the Spanish capital.
Although a huge club in Italy and very well known throughout the world, Juventus are yet to make a return to the status the club enjoyed a few decades ago, where they dominated in every competition they competed in. This could change however, and the signing of Higuain in the summer could be the turn the Turin based outfit need.
Juventus already boasts a massively talented squad, featuring the likes of Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella, who are all proven on a domestic level, but what Juve need is a player that is not only tried and tested, but one that is a cut above the rest, world class if you like.
The addition of Higuain, along with Fernando Llorente, who joins Juve from Atletico Madrid next month, will provide the Italian champions with a much needed boost up front. Both players will open up a new avenue of formations for Juventus boss Conte, who will be able to put the pair up front in 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 positions as well as a potentially risky, but offensive 3-5-1-1 formation.
Unlike Higuain, Llorente is most of an unknown talent, we’ve all seen him before, be it playing for Atletico Madrid in the Europa League or in domestic competition, but there’s still a lot we haven’t seen from him. He has been put under pressure at the highest level and he’s not experienced a major cup final. He could come into his own in the coming seasons of course, but it’s still a risk.
The signing of Higuain however, is far safer, and is almost guaranteed to show results. Juventus clearly don’t want to continue at the rate their going. Yes, they’ve won their domestic league, they got respectably far in the Champions League, but they are sailing to a certain extent, they need to bulk up on talent. This is where Higuain comes in.
Whether the Argentine will shine in Italy is another question, he might become the league’s biggest goalscorer in his debut season in the Serie A, or alternatively, he could follow in the footsteps of Fernando Torres, and sink into relative obscurity.
There’s a lot of unknowns, but one thing is certain is that the signing of the 25-year-old will push a considerable amount of momentum in Juventus’ favour. They look set to be back on track to becoming a major force in Europe’s elite, and the addition of Higuain is a big step in that direction.