Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has confirmed the Blues are 'close' to signing Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín but says it's 'impossible' for him to play in Thursday's Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old, who has scored eight times for AC Milan this season, will join the Blues on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season with his loan deal with the Rossoneri cut short.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's League Cup semi-final, Sarri was asked if the Argentine would be available to feature at Stamford Bridge.
"Ah, it's impossible," said Sarri. "I don't know [if there will be any problems] because I have to speak with the doctor. I didn't see him before. Then I have to speak to the club. For tomorrow, I think, it's impossible.
“I know they have been trying to sign the contract with him today... they are still a few hours from getting it done. We hope he brings goals, that he starts scoring for us."
"He's also very good at other aspects, other than just goals, but that's what we are hoping for. He has had some difficulties recently, but we're hoping we can raise him back to his best form.
Sarri worked with Higuaín at previous club Napoli where he scored 36 goals during the 2015/16 season. No player in the history of Serie A has scored as many league goals in a season and it was that form which prompted Juventus to pay $105million for him in 2016.
"He's a very strong striker," Sarri continued. "Especially in my first season in Naples. He did very well. He scored 36 goals in 35 matches in Serie A. That season he scored 39 goals. So he did very, very well. For sure, he is one of the best strikers in my career.
"He played four seasons for Real Madrid, I think. I think he has the right experience to play here."