Chelsea have been in the market for a striker following the club’s struggles in front of goal recently and various names have been linked with the Blues including Gonzalo Higuain, Callum Wilson and Marko Arnautovic.
According to Daily Mail, Chelsea have reached an agreement with Juventus for the loan of Gonzalo Higuain until the end of the season with an option to extend for a further year.
The extension in the loan deal will be triggered if the 31-year-old striker reaches a certain amount of appearances and goals for Chelsea.
Higuain was named on the substitutes’ bench for Milan’s Italian Super Cup final loss against his parent club Juventus on Wednesday night, sparking rumours he is close to joining Chelsea. Higuain was also missing as the AC Milan squad posed for a photo alongside the Saudi Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal ahead of their Super Cup final clash with Juventus.
Higuain will cut short his loan deal with AC Milan once they secure a replacement for the 31-year-old striker.
Chelsea reportedly offered Michy Batshuayi to AC Milan but the striker prefers to join Monaco on loan instead.
Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A during his only season with Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and the Chelsea boss has been keen on bringing the Argentine striker to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were reluctant in adding a player over the age of 30 to the squad but the move for Higuain shows the club’s belief in Sarri’s methods.
Meanwhile Michy Batshuayi have been linked with a loan move to Monaco but Chelsea would prefer the striker leaves permanently, according to Daily Mail.
The report claims Chelsea would prefer to sell Batshuayi for £40million rather than agree another loan but could be open to an initial temporary deal with an obligation to buy the Belgian.
Batshuayi spent the first half of the season at Valencia but had his loan deal cut short after scoring just three goals for the Spanish club.
Another Chelsea striker could leave the club this month as Chelsea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over the sale of Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker is keen on joining Atletico after struggling at Stamford Bridge since his club record move to Stamford Bridge and Atletico are reportedly hopeful of meeting Chelsea’s valuation.
Morata has lost his place as Chelsea’s first choice striker with Maurizio Sarri preferring to utilise Eden Hazard as his main point of reference in attack.
With Chelsea reaching an agreement with Juventus over a loan deal for Higuain, Morata would be allowed to leave this month. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had insisted the striker would only leave the club if a replacement is secured.
Morata failed to make the 18-man matchday squad for the 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
According to Spanish media outlet Marca, Morata is willing to take a pay cut on his £150,000-a-week wages to secure a move to Atletico.