AC Milan's Higuain poised for Chelsea move: report

FILE: Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus until the end of the season

File: Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus until the end of the season.

MILAN, Italy - AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has "agreed terms" and is set for an imminent move to Premier League club Chelsea, Italian sports daily Gazzetta Dello Sport reported on Wednesday.

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Higuain joined Milan on a season-long loan from Juventus in July with an option to buy but has struggled to settle at the San Siro, scoring eight goals in all competitions.

And the 31-year-old Argentina international wants to join former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at the English club which would take over his 36 million euro ($41 million) buy-out clause.

"Chelsea have an agreement with Higuain to take him immediately," Gazzetta reported.

Higuain had his most successful season under Sarri, breaking the Serie A goalscoring record with 36 goals in the 2015/16 campaign.

He scored 91 goals during his three years at the club before moving to Juventus in 2016 on a 90 million euro deal. 

He previously spent six years at Real Madrid before starting his career at River Plate in Argentina.

Higuain had been hampered by a back injury earlier in the season but broke his two-month goal-scoring drought before the winter break.

Milan's sporting director Leonardo however warned on Tuesday he had to get down to work.

"He had a tough moment, he has to put it behind him and get to work," said Leonardo.

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"A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility."

Brazilian Leonardo added: "There's no point following rumours and gossip.

"He is here right now. Seeing as he is here, he needs to get down and actually do something for this team."

Source
AFP