Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, currently on loan at AC Milan, has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in this month’s transfer window.
Higuain started as AC Milan beat Sampdoria 2-0 in extra time to reach the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Saturday, and afterwards AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso admitted he is facing a fight to keep the 31-year-old striker at AC Milan.
According to Gattuso, HIguain wants to leave AC Milan for Chelsea this month.
“[Higuain] was active today,” Gattuso told Milan TV. “He didn’t score but he did everything right.
“We have a very honest relationship, we say things to people’s faces. There is great honesty.
“When a player makes certain choices, it becomes difficult to convince him otherwise. One can try.
“At this moment, he is a Milan player and we’re holding on tight.
“I don’t know what will happen. We are honest with each other and I want him to maintain this attitude, which has never been lacking thus far.”
Gattuso also insisted he would do what he could to try and hold onto the striker.
“I haven’t figured out what Higuain is unhappy with, because I see him look content and involved in the locker room atmosphere.
“We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.”
Meanwhile, according to Italian media outlet Calciomercato.com, Juventus have rejected a swap deal offer made by the Blues.
The report claims the agent of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, Juanma Lopez, has offered the Spaniard to Juventus in exchange for Higuain, currently on loan at AC Milan but Juventus have rejected the swap deal.
Juventus, however, only want to sell Higuain for a cash offer and not including any player in a swap deal.