Gonzalo Higuaín’s transfer to Chelsea is taking form right before our eyes. After a report from Alfredo Pedulla that Chelsea and Juventus had agreed an 18-month loan (with a buy option in 2020), transfer guru Fabrizio Romano now brings a few more details of that agreement.
Romano says that the deal will involve an initial six-month loan, after which Chelsea can either activate a buyout option, send him back to Juventus, or — if certain performance targets (goals, appearances, etc.) are met, extend the loan for an additional one year while maintaining the buy option. Chelsea will of course take over Higuain’s entire salary for the duration.
The possibility to get out of this deal at 6 or 18 months is certainly an excellent arrangement as far as Chelsea are concerned.
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Gonzalo Higuain from Milan to Chelsea, here we go! ✅ Agreement reached between Juventus and Chelsea for Higuain: loan + buy option for 6 months; it can be extended as loan also for one year more (2019/2020 season) if Higuain will get some steps with Chelsea (caps, goals, team targets). Also Milan are ready to give the final OK for Higuain to Chelsea, the Blues will always pay the total wage of the Argentinian striker during the loan. Gonzalo is now buzzing to re-join Maurizio Sarri and start his first experience in Premier League. Just final details missing and then... Higuain will sign as new Chelsea player! ✍ • Gonzalo Higuain al Chelsea, ci siamo! Operazione in prestito con diritto di riscatto per 6 mesi, più un altro anno (2019/2020€ di prestito se si verificassero determinate condizioni (gol, presenze, obiettivi di squadra). C’è l’ok del Milan, Higuain è pronto a volare da Sarri nei prossimi giorni. Il Chelsea pagherà sempre il suo stipendio intero durante il prestito (oltre il prezzo del prestito oneroso), per questo la Juve ha dato l’ok. #Chelsea #CFC #Higuain #transfers #Milan #Juventus
Now it all hangs on a final few details with Higuaín’s current club, AC Milan, as they work out the details with Juventus on how to get out of their current loan deal early (for example: what happens to the loan fee that Milan paid for entire season?).
To try to speed things up, Chelsea have apparently offered up Michy Batshuayi, but Milan’s priority replacement remains Genoa striker Krzysztof Piątek. That deal is still being worked on.
#Milan are working for #Piatek as Higuain substitute. Talks ongoing with Genoa and with his agent to find the agreement. Michy Batshuayi has been offered from Chelsea (Monaco always interested in signing him) but he's not the first choice for AC Milan. Piatek is the main target.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 16, 2019
Also in progress is Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata’s departure to Atletico Madrid on loan, to make room for Higuain.
And so, all the pieces appear to be falling into place and Sarri looks set to get his summer transfer window wish after all.