With Chelsea struggling to score goals, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had asked the club to make a move for Gonzalo Higuain who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has ruled out the possibility of the Argentina striker joining Chelsea this month.
According to Standard Sport, talks were held between Chelsea, Juventus and AC Milan over the possibility of cutting Higuain’s loan move to AC Milan with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata being sent to AC Milan on loan.
Despite failing to impress at AC Milan, Paratici insists AC Milan are not willing to let Higuain leave.
Paratici said: “He remains one of the best strikers in the world, he showed it in these seasons in Europe, he scored everywhere.
“About his future, I think he’s important for AC Milan, he’s a great striker and they want to keep him.
“I know very well Gonzalo, he is a simple and passionate guy who lives every situation with great enthusiasm. It can happen even to the best players not to score for four or five games.”
Sarri revealed after Chelsea’s goalless draw against Southampton on Wednesday night that Chelsea won’t sign any striker in January despite our struggles in attack.
“There is Morata and we won’t sign a new striker, even if we have a problem with goals,” Sarri said.
“The club knows my opinion, but the market does not depend on me. For example, until yesterday I knew nothing about Pulisic. The directors had asked me about him a month ago and I had expressed a positive opinion, then today I learned of his arrival.”
AC Milan sporting director Leonardo insisted last month Higuain was an important player for AC Milan.
“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 also revealed last month that Higuain told him he won’t leave AC Milan.
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.”