Chelsea and AC Milan have reportedly reached an agreement to swap Alvaro Morata for Gonzalo Higuain when the transfer window reopens in January.
Both strikers have endured underwhelming campaigns, with Morata not even making the Chelsea squad for the last three Premier League matches while Higuain has not scored since October.
But according to Sport Mediaset, the two sides are perfecting the final details of an exchange which is now described as inevitable, with just the nature of the swap still to be decided.
Technically, Higuain is still on loan at San Siro from Juventus, so the Italian champions must give their approval to the deal, but club bosses believe upcoming games against Frosinone and SPAL will be his final, goodbye appearances.
There are two options on the table, and the first would see Higuains loan at Milan terminated and he would move to Stamford Bridge on loan instead – with the possibility to make it permanent in the summer – with Morata going the other way on an 18-month loan of his own.
The second option would see an exchange of six-month loans and the option for Higuain to return to Milan next summer.
Either way, it now looks certain that Maurizio Sarri will be reunited with a player who scored a career-high 36 goals in their one season together at Napoli, with Higuain desperate to get out of Milan and work under his old boss once again.
Sarri was asked about rumoured interest in Higuain last week and did not play down the speculation, saying: I like him a lot. He is a great man and a great player. Even so, I dont want to talk about Gonzalo since he plays for AC Milan.
Chelsea and Milan are also believed to be discussing potential deals for Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the latter currently on loan at San Siro.
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