AC MILAN RESPOND TO CHELSEA’S INTEREST IN HIGUAIN

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According to AC Milan’s sporting director Leonardo, Chelsea have not made an offer for Gonzalo Higuain ahead of the January transfer window.

According to reports, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants the striker to join Chelsea in January after failing to land him during the summer.

The 31-year-old striker, who is on loan at AC Milan from Juventus, has struggled this season, scoring just five Serie A goals this season.

According to reports in Italy, Chelsea want Higuain to move to Stamford Bridge in January as part of a swap deal that will see Alvaro Morata join AC Milan on loan.

Higuain scored 36 league goals in 35 matches in the 2015/16 serie A season in his only season under Sarri at Napoli.

Despite Chelsea’s interest in the striker, Milan director Leonardo insist discussions are yet to begin.

AC Milan agreed a 16 million fee with Juventus to take Higuain on loan and will pay a further 32 million should they wish to sign the player permanently at the end of the season.

Chelsea will need to negotiate with Higuain’s current club AC Milan and his parent club Juventus the 31-year-old striker can be signed.

“It is difficult to manage a striker when he doesn’t score,” Leonardo said.

“Higuain must find the real himself, he is living in a different situation for him, he left Juventus and he is here on loan. He is very important for us and he knows it.

“We haven’t received any offer from Chelsea – no one has asked us for him and he didn’t ask to leave. Anyway, at AC Milan we keep only the players who want to stay here.”

AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso doesn’t see Higuain leaving AC Milan in January after revealing the striker told him he will stay at San Siro. Gattuso also called on the striker to rediscover the prolific goalscoring form that he had with Napoli and Juventus.

Gattuso said: “I want to see the Higuain of the second half against Frosinone. That is the real Higuain, always dangerous, who easily dribbled past the opponents, who had a couple of chances to score.

“Every day I hear people saying that Sarri or someone else called Higuain. I think he will stay, if he won’t it will mean I was wrong. My opinion, my feelings are based on what he said to me. My impression is he will stay here.”

Chelsea signing Higuain in January will see Eden Hazard move back to the wing after the Belgian insisted he sees himself as a winger and not as a striker.

Chelsea were strongly linked with Higuain during the summer before he joined AC Milan on loan.

“Sarri was the only one to want me at Chelsea,” Higuain said as he revealed why he didn’t join Chelsea. “Everybody wanted me at AC Milan, while in London I was only wanted by the manager.

“AC Milan insisted to sign me, Elliott did a big effort for me and Leonardo, Maldini and Gattuso know the club very well. I really appreciated their approach during the negotiation.”

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