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Weekend Rumour Update: Morata-Higuaín loan swap, Fekir, Fàbregas, etc

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One of the most trusted voices in traditional Chelsea media is the Telegraph’s Matt Law, so when he writes about something, we tend to pay attention.

And that can be a bit misleading when all he’s doing is providing a massive rumor round-up, such as in today’s column, where he legitimizes the latest variation of the Higuaín-Morata dance, the latest Fekir rumors from France, the latest Fàbregas rumors from Italy (Milan and Monaco, linked with everybody these days), while mentioning the updates on Pulisic (“hopeful”), Batshuayi (Palace?), and so on.

Law claims — not mentioning that Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport running the suspiciously similar rumor from earlier in the day — that the Blues are exploring with Juventus (who have the final say as the team that holds Higuaín’s permanent contract) and AC Milan the possibility of taking over Higuaín’s loan. Chelsea would pay the remaining £8 million (€9m) of the Argentinian’s £16 million loan fee for the season, as well as his massive wages. Álvaro Morata would go the other way on loan for six months, until the end of the current season.

Truly putting the silly in Silly Season, though this is basically the only way signing Higuaín would make any amount of sense — though one would’ve hoped we would’ve learned our lesson with the Falcao nonsense from a few years ago.

Thankfully Higuaín is not the only attacking option we are apparently exploring at the moment. Lyon’s Nabil Fekir remains in the radar — at perhaps something less than the £53m proposed move that fell through with Liverpool in the summer — plus there’s the aforementioned Pulisic as well.

In any case, time for some actual football.