Chelsea will apparently complete a deal for Gonzalo Higuain in the next 24 hours, a transfer that could trigger the departure of Alvaro Morata from the club, according to reports.
Morata – who has netted only 16 goals in 47 league appearances since his £60m switch from Real Madrid in 2017 – is linked with a move to Spain with Sevilla apparently keen on the former Real Madrid forward.
Higuain has spent the season on loan at Milan from Juventus, but Chelsea will apparently pay €40 million (£36m) and €8m a year in wages to land the Argentina forward.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri coached Higuain at Napoli where the player hit 36 goals during a memorable spell in Serie A in 2015/16, the most goals by a player in a single season in Italy’s top flight.
Higuain was farmed out to Milan last summer after Cristiano Ronaldo’s £100m move from Juventus and has scored six goals in 15 Serie A games this season.
“It is difficult to manage a striker when he doesn’t score,” said Milan sporting director Leonardo.
“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.”
Sarri will hope to get the best out of Higuain, whose form in Naples saw him land a move to Juventus in a mouthwatering £77.9m move three years ago.
Despite his recent struggles, Higuain’s combined league record at Juve and Milan stands at 46 goals in 88 games – better than one in two.
A World Cup runner-up in 2014, he is also a prolific winner of trophies having claimed three Liga titles with Real Madrid and two Serie A victories at Juventus amid a plethora of cup successes at Madrid, Napoli and Juve.
He will hope to enhance his haul at Chelsea.
Father-figure Sarri will believe he is the man to get the player firing on full cylinders after his prolific spell in Naples saw him hit 71 goals in 104 appearances, and will believe a rejuvenated Higuain can fire Chelsea to a top-four finish in the table.