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, as Chelsea might be out to sign a new striker with reports claiming Alvaro Morata might leave the club.
Higuain’s heart seems to be set on a move to Chelsea, and 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 after AC Milan beat Sampdoria 2-0 in extra time to reach the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Saturday. “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.”
According to reports, Juventus are ready to loan Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea for 18 months for a fee in the region of £48million.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Juventus have softened their approach after initially demanding Chelsea take over Milan’s loan deal with an obligation to buy at the end of the season should they qualify for the Champions League.
According to reports, Juve seem to be waiting for Chelsea to make their final decision before a deal pulls through.
Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia is yet to respond to Juventus’ latest offer, but is thought to be wary of signing Higuain, despite Sarri’s wishes, as the club have a strict policy against signing players above 30. Higuain turned 31 last December.