Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants the club to complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain in time so he would be available to play against Arsenal on Saturday, according to Standard Sport.
Chelsea agreed a deal with Juventus late last night to sign the Argentina international on loan for the rest of the season, which will pave the way for Alvaro Morata to leave for Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea will have to register Higuain as a member of the squad before 12pm on Friday in order for the forward to play against Arsenal on Saturday.
If Higuain meets targets set for him by Chelsea, including appearances and goals, it will automatically trigger a further one-year loan in the deal.
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso didn’t start Higuain against his parent club Juventus in the Italian Super Cup Final in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday but he came on as a substitute with 20 minutes to go.
Chelsea have already discussed personal terms with the representative of Higuain and are prepared to take on his £150,000-a-week salary.
Higuain is expected to fly to London later today in order to undergo a medical and sign the Chelsea contract before tomorrow’s 12pm deadline. Chelsea’s deal for Higuain is being held up while AC Milan try to secure a replacement for the striker.
Higuain has been Sarri’s top target since he replaced Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss last summer but Chelsea were reluctant to sign the striker due to his age.
With Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling in front of goal, Chelsea have now completed a move for the striker.
The arrival of Higuain will see Morata join Atletico Madrid.