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Blues boss Maurizio Sarri free to sign Gonzalo Higuain for one reason

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri
Higuain was prolific under now-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri while they were at Napoli together (Image: GETTY)
Milan paid £16million to take Higuain on a season-long loan in the summer and can make the transfer permanent at the end of the current campaign by paying a further £32m, the Daily Express reported.

However, Football Italia claim their interest has cooled and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is clear to move in to sign a player he knows well.

The Argentine striker, 31, played under Sarri at Napoli during a prolific 2015-16 season in which Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.

That form prompted a £72m switch to Juventus but he became surplus to requirements following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid in the summer.

And he appears to be out of favour again after an up-and-down season for Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan.

Higuain scored six goals in his first seven games for the cub but has since netted only once in nine matches.

Strike partner Patrick Cutrone, 20, is quickly becoming the club’s key striker and is scoring at a better rate than his older team-mate in 2018/19.

It has even been suggested that Milan will try and cut the loan deal short meaning Higuain could move to Stamford Bridge as early as the January transfer window.

Blues boss Sarri is understood to be keen on bringing in a new striker after watching both Alvaro Morata, 26, and Olivier Giroud, 31, struggle in front of goal this term.

Morata has only seven goals in 23 appearances in all competitions, while Giroud has six in 19.

Morata is said to be unsettled at the club and is reported to be a target for Barcelona as they search for both back-up and a long-term successor to Luis Suarez.

Barca star Jordi Alba has welcomed the rumours, claiming he is a ‘player ‘he appreciates a lot’.

However, Italian media say Milan are also monitoring his situation and look to bring him in if Higuain does eventually leave the San Siro.

Morata has experience in Italy having spent the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons at Juventus.

The Spaniard won two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with Juve.
Last Modified: Saturday، 15 December 2018 11:26 AM
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