Juventus have rejected Chelsea’s 18-month loan bid for Gonzalo Higuain, according to Standard Sport.
Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan and the report claims Juventus and AC Milan are set to hold showdown talks in the coming days to discuss the future of the striker. Both clubs have travelled to Saudi Arabia where they will play each other on Wednesday in the Italian Super Cup.
Chelsea want to bring Higuain to Stamford Bridge this January but on a loan deal and Higuain is keen on the move too.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate for a new striker with the Blues struggling in front of goal and struggling Alvaro Morata reportedly seeking to leave the club.
Juventus rejected Chelsea’s offer of an 18-month loan bid and instead want Chelsea to accept AC Milan’s loan terms for Higuain, which included an option to buy the 31-year-old for £32m in the summer.
Chelsea are reluctant to pay £32 million for a 31-year-old striker despite Maurizio Sarri making it clear he needs another striker, preferably Higuain.
Morata had been suggested as some part of a loan swap deal, but the Spain international prefers a return to La Liga instead.
Standard Sport claim AC Milan are already preparing for life without Higuain and are considering a move for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso recently admitted that he is facing a fight to keep the 31-year-old striker at AC Milan.
“[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.”