Chelsea are on the verge of selling Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid, but only want to take Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus via Milan, it’s reported.
Higuain ramped up rumours of his imminent exit from Milan, as he is only on the bench for tonight’s Supercoppa clash with Juve in Jeddah, officially due to a ‘fever.’
However, with Gennaro Gattuso’s comments over the last few days and reports from various sources, it’s evident Higuain is pushing for a reunion with his former Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tuttomercatoweb and others, Morata is very close to agreeing terms with Atletico Madrid and has accepted the move.
The two clubs are working out the last details, but the transfer seems to be imminent.
This opens up a spot at Stamford Bridge for Higuain, but it’s suggested Chelsea are refusing to pay or commit to a permanent deal for the Argentine.
Instead, they will only take up the remaining six months of the year-long loan deal that Milan have, with option to buy at the end of the season for €36m.
Milan would save on half the €18m loan fee and his salary too, which is around €7.5m per year.
The Rossoneri seem to have identified Krzysztof Piatek as his replacement, but Genoa want at least €40m and above all to be guaranteed that sum, not accept another loan with option to buy situation.