Daniele Rugani

Chelsea to target Juventus duo once Maurizio Sarri is manager

According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Chelsea are going to target the Juventus duo of Gonzalo Higuaín and Daniele Rugani once Maurizio Sarri has officially been appointed Chelsea boss.

Daniele Rugani and Higuaína are likely to join Napoli’s Jorginho who is edging closer to a move to Stamford Bridge despite nearly signing with Manchester City.

Rising star

Rugani began his senior career with Italian side Empoli. He debuted for them in 2013 and would go on to make 81 appearances for them, scoring five and assisting two in that time.

Rugani’s excellent two seasons at Empoli would attract the attention of Juventus who Rugani had previously played for at a youth level.

Juventus would then resign Rugani in February of 2015 for just £4.5 million. Rugani was loaned back to Empoli for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

Since signing for Juventus Rugani has played 67 games in all competitions for the Italian giants, scoring five and assisting two.

This past season Rugani made 26 appearances for Juventus. However, he has failed to hold down a regular starting place.

BERGAMO, ITALY – JANUARY 21: SSC Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri looks on during the serie A match between Atalanta BC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on January 21, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Prolific goal-scorer

Higuaín is now 30 years of age and has enjoyed an illustrious career in which he has proven to be a prolific goal scorer.

The Argentinean moved to Real Madrid in January of 2007 for a fee of around £10.8 million. While at Madrid Higuaín cemented his name as one of the world’s best strikers.

Higuaín played 264 games for the Spanish giants scoring 122 and assisting 56 in that time. The forward also helped Madrid win three La Liga titles, one Spanish Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.

Higuaín would then leave Madrid for Serie A side Napoli in 2013 for £35 million. The Argentinean played 147 games for Napoli scoring 92 and assisting 26 before signing with Juventus in 2016 for a huge fee of £78 million.

Since arriving at Juventus Higuaín has played 105 games over two seasons, scoring 55 and assisting 12 for the Italian giants.

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