Calcioland podcast host David Amoyal has revealed that Gonzalo Higuain moving to Chelsea is such a complicated deal.
According to reports, Higuain is being considered with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri as Alvaro Morata replacement in this January transfer window.
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Morata, who joined the West London side in the summer of 2017 from Real Madrid, has struggled to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.
Therefore, Higuain is said to be in his way reuniting his former Napoli boss Sarri, as the Argentina striker scored 38 goals in 42 appearances under his management.
However, Amoyal has confirmed that the 31-year-old isn’t close to joining Chelsea.
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“We have Leonardo, [AC Milan’s] sporting director, kind of shockingly throwing him under the bus, saying that he had to take more responsibility, play better and show that he really wanted to be committed to Milan,” he told The Calcioland podcast.
“Higuain’s brother who’s also his agent has been talking to Leonardo, and he said: ‘look, as long as he’s here, I hope he does well.’ So that was pretty interesting.”
“I don’t think a deal with Chelsea is anywhere near as imminent as some in the press have made it out to be. For one, Higuain was selected for [Saturday’s] Coppa Italia match, but it’s just such a complicated deal.”
“Milan invested £18m just to have him on loan for a season, I don’t see them letting him leave without getting some sort of compensation or more importantly having a replacement, because they need a starting calibre striker to try and make the Champions League.”
“We know of Juve’s need to find him a destination post this season, so I’m not saying it won’t happen but I definitely think it’s gonna need more time.
“But I do find the statements on that pretty interesting.”
Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus and has now scored eight goals in 21 games across all competitions.
The Argentinian’s form on loan at the San Siro has been a major disappointment this season.
Gonzalo Higuaín is today linked with a transfer to Chelsea.
Higuaín this season:
• 15 Apps
• 6 Goals (goal every 213 mins)
• 1 Assist
Morata this season:
• 16 Apps (5 Sub)
• 5 Goals (Goal Every 188 mins)
• 0 Assists
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But former AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano urges his former side to never let Higuain move away from the San Siro.
“For me, it’d be madness to sell Higuain,” Cassano told Sky Sports Italia.
“He’s their only decent player, their only champion, and one of the best strikers in the world. I would never get rid of him.”
“If Milan are having problems it’s because they don’t have players who can give him the right ball. His movement on the pitch is great, but no one gives him service – that’s why he wants to go to Chelsea.”
“He’s having difficulties but he’s not finished. He’s always able to score and make a difference.”