Sarri braced for Higuain offers

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has admitted he expects plenty of interest in striker Gonzalo Higuain at the end of the season.

The Argentina international has scored 26 goals in Serie A this term, but has failed to find the back of the net in the past two games, leading to some criticism.

Nonetheless, Sarri expects plenty of interest in Higuain come the end of the 2015/16 Serie A campaign, with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea said to be lining up bids for the former Real Madrid frontman.

“I think that for a striker like that will come many more requests, not only from these two clubs,” Sarri told the media ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 tie against Villarreal.

“I repeat – they are two games that he does not score.

“I would decide [if Higuain plays on Thursday] after having evaluated this afternoon and tomorrow morning.”

Napoli suffered a 1-0 first-leg loss in Spain, and host Villarreal for the return leg at the Stadio San Paolo on Thursday, 25 February.