Gonzalo Higuain dropped by AC Milan amid Chelsea ‘rumours’

Gonzalo Higuain refuses to be drawn on Chelsea transfer talk

Chelsea are close to signing Higuain on loan from Juventus with the player primed to cut his loan spell at AC Milan short.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the 31-year-old Argentina global, who excelled under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and is now on loan at Milan from Juventus.

'It has been in the air for a few days.

Following AC Milan's 2-0 win away at Genoa on Monday, Borini was asked about China in the mixed zone and replied: "It was never close and my thought was to stay at Milan and do well".

Milan are hopeful of signing Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, enabling Higuain's move to Chelsea.

Since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, Higuain has been linked with a reunion with his former boss whom he worked with at Napoli, where he set a Serie A record of 36 goals in 35 appearances in 2016.

Meanwhile, the defeat to Arsenal wasn't enough to push Sarri's team down to the fifth position but it was enough to leave them with just three points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United who are in the fifth and sixth position respectively.

He is keen to link up again with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard played in a false-nine role in attack with former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for the visitors and Spain worldwide Alvaro Morata not included.

Keeping Hazard happy is key if Chelsea are to persuade him to extend a contract which expires in June 2020, rather than pursue a "dream" move to Real Madrid.

"Sarri knows he's going to get sacked at some point in the next 18 months or two years, that's inevitable at Chelsea", he said.

"I frustrated [Jose] Mourinho". Beyond that, waiting until the 80th minute to bring on Callum Hudson-Odoi made little sense when it was evident Chelsea's attack was lacking in flair and imagination. Sevilla and Barcelona have both shown interest in the Spaniard, but a loan deal to Atletico Madrid appears most likely after they refused to buy him outright.

The Blues have been on the hunt for a top-class striker this January with Alvaro Morata still failing to live up to his £60million price tag, only managing five league goals so far this season.

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