For those who pick up the Daily Star every morning, the news that Chelsea are willing to rival Manchester United and Arsenal with a £30m bid for Gonzalo Higuain will be anything but new.
Keen to broaden their attacking options with expensive talent, the Blues are reportedly willing to pay top dollar to land the Argentine after Napoli missed out on Champions League qualification for next season.
With a hatful of goals – 192 of them from 407 appearances to be exact – taking pride of place on a glittering CV, the prospect of luring the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge, where he would share striking duties with Diego Costa, is sure to tantalise supporters of the west Londoners, while gazumping arch rivals Man Utd and Arsenal is a supplementary feather in their cap.
However, those who Chelsea are hoping to outdo must refrain from smashing the piggy bank as Higuain is best left alone.
Napoli’s final game of the season against Lazio, which they lost 4-2 and, subsequently, missed out on third place in Serie A is the latest example to call the player’s bottle into question.
A striker worth £30m must be unflappable, cooler than the Fonz in the freezer, when those big moments arrive where the goods have to be delivered.
Such an instance occurred in Partenopei’s final game of the season, a high-octane, winner-takes-all affair against Le Aquile.
Napoli were 2-0 down at half-time, when two goals from Higuain either side of a red card for Lazio’s Marco Parolo tied things up.
Faouzi Ghoulam’s dismissal eradicated the hosts’ man advantage, just before they were awarded a penalty to take the lead.
Up stepped Higuain looking to complete a hat-trick, but, nerves jangling, he sent the spot-kick into orbit, enabling Lazio to score twice late on and seal their seat at Europe’s top table.
It wasn’t the first instance this season in which the Argentine has choked at the most inopportune of moments.
In the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final draw with Dnipro he had a staggering six shots, yet couldn’t find the net, before having four more to the same result in their 1-0 second-leg loss a week later.
Ten (ten!) attempts and no goals scored in an occasion of such magnitude is not the return of a transfer budget-busting striker.
Suggestions of character flaws can be read into the fact that Napoli were the only suitor ready to pay the €40m when Real Madrid wanted rid of him after the 2012/13 campaign.
The Premier League heavyweights weren’t willing to fork out a similar sum on Higuain two years ago and he has done little in the two years since to warrant them delving in now.