Gonzalo Higuaín’s arrival at Chelsea from Juventus and Álvaro Morata’s exit from Chelsea to Atlético Madrid have been set to complete for a few days now, but the pipeline has been clogged by AC Milan who wanted to secure a replacement for Higuain before canceling his loan — even though they had already excused him from training.
Be that as it may, at long last, the issue appears close to its resolution. According to multiple reports in Italy, as relayed by Football Italia, Genoa striker Krzysztof Piątek — who at one point this season was linked with Chelsea, too — is about to complete his move to Milan as the needed replacement.
The domino effect has begun: Krzysztof Piatek is en route to #ACMilan tonight. Gonzalo Higuain can book his flight to #ChelseaFC and Alvaro Morata prepare for #AtleticoMadrid https://t.co/RQUvCXZ55b #Atleti #Genoa #CFC #SerieA #EPL #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/Hrl4nSp0JZ— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 22, 2019
Piątek has 13 goals in 19 Serie A matches this season — although “only” 4 in his last 12 — with the 23-year-old striker showing plenty of promise in his debut season in Italy. The deal is said to worth €35m plus €2-3 m in add-ons, which is on par with how much Milan would have had to spend to make Higuaín’s loan a permanent move by the end of the season. Unless Piatek proves the ultimate flash in the pan, this is smart(er) business from Milan.
But what’s important for us is that it will now hopefully, reportedly, begin the assumed domino effect of moves: Higuaín arrives from Italy, to appease Maurizio Sarri’s summer wishes, and Morata goes to Atlético Madrid, where he hopes to find happier times.
Make it so.