Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a step closer to reuniting with his former player Gonzalo Higuain as the Argentine forward has agreed to join Chelsea, according to reports in Italy. Sarri wants Chelsea to sign a new forward in the January transfer window and the former Juventus and Real Madrid is top of his shortlist.
Higuain and Sarri thrived together during their time at Napoli with the South American setting a Serie A record by netting 36 goals in the 2015/16 season.
Sarri was unhappy with Higuain’s decision to leave Napoli and join Juventus after that record-breaking season but the Italian gaffer still remains fond of the 31-year-old and described him as a ‘wonderful player’ and a ‘wonderful man’ last week.
Higuian is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus but his is struggling to find his best form with just two goals in his last 10 appearances. It’s believed the striker would find back his form working with Sarri at the Stamford Bridge.
One option for Chelsea would be to take over AC Milan’s loan agreement with Juve and sign Higuain on a temporary deal until the end of the season and have the option to make the move permanent for €36 million (£33m). According to Sport Mediaset via the Daily Mirror, Juventus are willing to accept the Premier League club’s bid for Higuain, while the striker has officially requested to join Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are willing to allow Alvaro Morata to join AC Milan on an 18-month loan deal. Sarri dropped the Spain international from Chelsea’s matchday squad for the 2-1 win over Watford on Boxing Day despite him being available for selection after recovering from a knee injury.