Chelsea‘s pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain is practically over as he has agreed to join AC Milan on loan, according to reports.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was interested in a permanent contract for the30-year-old who he had managed at Napoli but now must look elsewhere after he agreed to make the switch across Serie A to the San Siro.
According to Sky Sports News, the Juventus striker will join Milan on a season-long loan with an option to sign on a permanent basis for £32m at the end of next season.
The same report also claims Higuain’s brother and agent Nicolas met up with Milan general manager Leonardo on Monday night to thrash out terms and the clubs are meeting in Milan on Tuesday to finalise the details.
The deal is expected to cause a domino effect which would see Leonardo Bonucci return to Juventus from Milan while promising defender Mattia Caldara will move in the opposite direction.
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge while there was the belief that the Argentine forward could sign for the Blues, it is now dodgy Chelsea would sanction a transfer for the Spaniard without a replacement with just over a week before the transfer window closes on August 9.
The Blues have allegedly made Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their new number one transfer priority for the rest of the window with Sarri anxious to get a £80m deal over the line.