Chelsea have officially announced the completed transfer of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Argentina international, who signed the deal with an option to buy him for £31.3m, looks an exciting addition for the Blues.

The Blues, who have been in need of an upgrade on Alvaro Morata up front, have also the option to extend Higuain’s loan deal until June 2020 for £15.6m.

Higuain, 31, who spent the first half of the season on loan at AC Milan, has been one of the most prolific and consistent goal-scorers in Europe for years.

The West London side have confirmed the signing of the former Real Madrid ace on their official Twitter account late on Wednesday night.

A statement read on club official website on Wednesday: “Gonzalo Higuain has today joined Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season.”

“The 31-year-old striker moves to Stamford Bridge from Italian side Juventus. He spent the first half of the campaign on loan at AC Milan where he scored eight goals.”

“A proven goalscorer throughout his career, and an Argentina international, Higuain arrives with a wealth of experience at the highest level having consistently shown his attacking quality during spells in Argentina, Spain and Italy.”

Higuain, who will wear the number nine shirt, said: “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it.”

“It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.”

“I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”

Director Marina Granovskaia added: “Gonzalo was our number one target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level. He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play.”

“This was not an easy deal for us to do because of the numerous parties involved, but we are delighted we were able to make it happen and we look forward to seeing the impact Gonzalo will make for us in the second half of the season.”

Higuain has particularly shone under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time together at Napoli.

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