Chelsea have reached an agreement with Juventus over the January transfer of Gonzalo Higuain, Goal understands, with the Argentine’s loan deal with AC Milan set to be cut short.
According to goal.com, the deal will see the Blues handed an option to buy the striker outright for £32.5 million (€36m) upon the completion of a six-month loan, with a series of performance related bonuses being paid to Juventus on the basis of goals scored and appearances.
Higuain and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri have been pushing for a reunion since the Italian took the reins at Stamford Bridge and it appears now that the pair will finally get their wish after talks between the Premier League side and the Serie A champions.
The 31-year-old was left on the bench for Milan’s Supercoppa Italiana loss to Juventus on Wednesday evening in Saudi Arabia, with Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso attributing a fever to the forward’s absence from the starting eleven.
Higuain had earlier missed a photo opportunity to receive treatment as talks continued behind the scenes, Milan director Leonardo having stayed in Italy to work on the San Siro side’s transfer matters – Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek is the club’s main target to replace the outgoing Higuain.
But while the Argentine’s move to London is all but finalised, the deal will be paused until Alvaro Morata’s future is solidified, as talks over a move away from Chelsea continue.
Atletico Madrid remain at the head of the pack for the Spaniard’s signature as Sevilla have pulled out of the race, but have yet to come to an agreement over the cost of a proposed loan arrangement, with an option to buy and wage contributions still being thrashed out.
Chelsea are also looking to offload Michy Batshuayi – valued at £40m ($51m) – on a permanent basis, though the most interested party, Monaco, had been hoping only to secure the Belgian’s services on loan.