Safe to say, it’s happening. Most likely.
Gonzalo Higuain looks on his way to Chelsea, having already played possibly his final match for loan club AC Milan in last night’s Supercoppa Italiana, which Higuain’s parent club, Juventus won on a Cristiano Ronaldo goal, 1-0. Higuain’s didn’t start, but did play the final 20 minutes despite not being 100 per cent due to a fever.
Chelsea today made an offer to Juve to take Higuain on a six month loan with the option to either buy him or loan him for a further 12 months. Deal not fully complete but should be completed v soon. Full story coming on @TeleFootball #cfc— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 16, 2019
Reports already seemed quite final late last week, and yesterday, the final few details emerged as well — first reported by Fabrizio Romano, now confirmed by the usual Chelsea sources in the English media: a six-month loan, with an option for a further twelve, as well as an option to buy in either 2019 or 2020.
It’s an arrangement that carries little risk for Chelsea, but reunites Higuain with the manager under whom he had the best season of his career (while also freeing Morata for a loan move to rediscover his mojo as well).
Gonzalo Higuaín on the verge of joining #CFC on an initial six-month loan, with an option for a further year, from Juventus. Alvaro Morata expected to move to Atletico Madrid once the Higuaín deal is complete https://t.co/Y3zVsT2lN7— Dominic Fifield (@domfifield) January 16, 2019
Neither the Telegraph nor the Guardian were willing to put an estimate on when the deal might official close. It should be “very soon” but not expected to be in time for the weekend’s game against Arsenal.
Either way, sounds like it’s happening — and in a way that’s a win-win for all involved.
Still, by doing this transfer now, #cfc have shown they are prepared to back #Sarri, who had been starting to sound as frustrated as #Conte in recent weeks. https://t.co/oNh5sJuIwp— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) January 16, 2019