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Gonzalo Higuain signed up for Chelsea on a 6-month loan deal in January from Juventus. The Argentine cut short his loan spell with AC Milan to move to the Blues.
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a huge admirer of Higuain and brought him to the club in January as Alvaro Morata chose to join Atletico Madrid on loan.
Higuain failed to deliver his best form for Chelsea, scoring 5 goals in 18 appearances, and his contract with the club ends this month.
Chelsea have the option to sign Higuain, but the Blues have decided to let him return to Juventus.
And now, Juventus won’t like to keep Higuain in Turin despite bringing in Maurizio Sarri as manager. Higuain is under contract at Juve through to 2021 and a switch to China has been mooted, but the Argentine is reluctant to head for Asia at this stage of his career, while Juventus are looking for offers for the 31-year-old.
Chelsea had the opportunity to extend Higuain’s loan deal for one more season for € 18 million or sign him permanently for € 36 million, but the club passed on that.
This is what Sarri said about Higuain’s future at Chelsea last month: “I don’t know about Gonzalo Higuain’s future, you have to ask the club,” Sarri told the BBC.
“If he’s staying then we can do very well in the next season. For a striker, it is not easy to play here, when you’re used to playing in Spain and Italy.
“It’s not easy to adapt to this competition because it’s different physically.”