Chelsea Closing In On Gonzalo Higuain

Higuain told to decide future and show AC Milan responsibility

A report in the Spanish newspaper Marca claims 31-year-old Higuain will join Christian Pulisic as Chelsea's second signing of the window - although Pulisic will move at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old Argentina worldwide reportedly wants to join his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at the English club, who would take over Milan's option to eventually make the deal permanent.

Higuain has spent the season on loan at Milan from Juventus, but Chelsea will apparently pay €40 million (£36m) and €8m a year in wages to land the Argentina forward.

Alvaro Morata has failed to impress and wants a return to Spain, with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid among the clubs interested in him.

However, Milan sporting director Leonardo warned on Tuesday he had to get down to work.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Sarri wants that man to be Higuain, with AC Milan willing to cut short the Argentine's loan from Juventus after just eight months and just six goals in 15 Serie A appearances this season.

He scored 40 league goals in two seasons for them, but left for Milan in the last close season after Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in Turin.

But it is the latter that is Sarri's choice, having worked wonders with the former Real Madrid hitman at Napoli.

He will hope to enhance his haul at Chelsea.

The goal of a temporary deal is to allow him to rebuild his value elsewhere, but sources have told ESPN FC that Chelsea want any loan club to cover Morata's salary in full until the end of the season and he will not be allowed to depart until a replacement striker is secured.

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