There have been rumours of a likely swap between Chelsea and AC Milan over their strikers Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
According to Sport Mediaset, the two clubs have reached an agreement to swap Morata for Higuain when the transfer window reopens in January. The report claims that the two sides are ‘perfecting the final details’ of an exchange which is now described as inevitable, with just the nature of the swap still to be decided.
Higuain joined Milan during the summer on a two-year loan deal, which also means that Juventus will have to give the final permission for this deal to work, as Higuain is still technically a Juve player.
There are two ways this deal can work. First, Higuain’s loan at Milan will be terminated and he would move to Stamford Bridge on loan instead – with the possibility to make it permanent in the summer – with Morata going the other way on an 18-month loan of his own. Or, there will be an exchange of six-month loan deals for both players and the option for Higuain to return to Milan next summer.
Higuain is said to be keen on making the switch to Stamford Bridge and reuniting with his former boss Maurizio Sarri, whom he reached a career high of 36 goals during their time at Napoli.
Sarri however tried to play down the rumours but didn’t dismiss it when asked about Chelsea’s interest in Higuain last week.
He said: “I like him a lot. He is a great man and a great player. Even so, I don’t want to talk about Gonzalo since he plays for AC Milan.”
Higuain could easily have joined Chelsea during the summer, but he opted to join AC Milan, insisting that no one wanted him at Chelsea apart from Sarri.
“Sarri was the only one to want me at Chelsea,” Higuain said. “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.”