Saturday December 22 2018
Juve decide Higuain-Morata swap

Reports of Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata exchanging clubs in January continue to gather pace, as Milan and Chelsea await the Juventus verdict.

The swap would allow Higuain to reunite with his former Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, while Morata is eager for a return to Serie A after struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

Juve are an essential piece of the puzzle, as they still own Higuain, who joined Milan on loan for €18m with option to buy at the end of the season for a further €36m.

The Rossoneri had targeted Morata several times over the last couple of years, but Chelsea outbid them with €75m to Real Madrid.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the figures are not all that improbable, because Chelsea could simply take on the remaining six months of Milan’s loan deal at €9m and the option to buy for a further €36m.

At the same time, Morata is valued at around €45m, a massive drop from the sum they paid to get him from Madrid.

In terms of salary, 31-year-old Higuain earns €9.5m per year, compared to Morata’s €7.5m, so again Milan would be saving cash.

Morata wouldn’t even have to go house-hunting, as he already owns a property in the Castello area of Milan with wife Alice Campello.

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