Much has been made of the role provided by another Chelsea forward, Olivier Giroud, as a link-up player with top goalscorer Eden Hazard, but Sarri says the incoming Higuain, who was coached by the Italian for a single season at Napoli in 2015/16, can act as a foil for the midfielder as well as finding the back of the net. "So I think that Gonzalo will be important for us".
"I speak every day with Eden, but I speak with Eden about his position on the pitch", Sarri told the media in his pre-match press conference.
According to the Daily Mail, Real are confident they can land the Belgian for less than £100m because he will have under 18 months remaining on his current contract.
Higuain toiled on loan at AC Milan in the first half of the season, but the Argentina worldwide previously hit 36 Serie A goals in a season for Sarri's Napoli. "I like this kind of football". "Mentally, I think that we're the same". Gonzalo is very suitable for my football, so the feeling is fantastic.
"Gonzalo needs confidence first of all".
The signing of Higuain - an expensive recruit in his 30s - is contrary to Chelsea's usual transfer policy and Sarri has previously acknowledged the need for the striker to swiftly make an impact. He needs a very good relationship with his coach, with his teammates.
"At the moment he is really very keen, so I think that he can play a really very good season, or the last part of the season". Sometimes he needs a message from the coach.
Premier League giants Manchester United will reportedly step up their chase for one of the most exciting young talents on the European football scene in the summer. Like the man who revolutionised AC Milan in the 1990s, Sarri didn't come from a professional football background and spent much of his life as an global banker.