Opinion: Everton must beat Chelsea to available 75-cap striker in January

Everton manager Marco Silva has insisted that underperforming forward Cenk Tosun still has a future with the Toffees, as reported by The Guardian.

Meanwhile, according to Italian outlet Sportmediaset, Juventus are prepared to sell striker Gonzalo Higuain, with Chelsea thought to be the 31-year-old’s preferred destination.

What’s the word?
It’s hardly surprising that Chelsea are in the market for a striker, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to perform at the required level.

However, Maurizio Sarri needs to set his sights beyond the ageing Higuain if he is to make the Blues title contenders again.

Higuain may well be attracted to Stamford Bridge, however, Silva would be wise to do what he can to tempt the Argentine attacker to Goodison Park.

If the Portuguese boss is serious about getting the Merseyside outfit to challenge the Premier League’s ‘big six’, after all, he must give up now on the likes of Tosun.

A big step forward
He may not be the elite striker he once was, but signing the 75-cap Argentina international would still represent a major coup for the Toffees.

Higuain’s experience and quality would immediately make Everton’s attacking contingent more fearsome and dangerous.

Currently on loan at AC Milan, Higuain is clearly surplus to requirements to his Turin-based parent club. He could therefore be available at a relative bargain price in the upcoming January transfer window. However, he would still cost the Toffees a considerable fee and would demand a sizeable wage packet.

If Everton could raise the funds to land Higuain though, it would be a big step forward for Silva’s side.