For the second straight transfer window, Gonzalo Higuain’s future is truly up in the air. And, pretty much like the last time we saw a flood of Higuain-related rumors be posted on this website, it seems to involve a trio of teams that really have a whole of details to iron out if there’s to be any kind of business happening over the next couple of weeks.
And, there’s also a player who doesn’t want to be in Milan’s future hanging in the balance.
According to Sunday’s round of Higuain rumors, Sky Sport Italia has reported that Higuain has gone so far to declare his desire to leave the San Siro by handing in a transfer request following Milan’s Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria on Saturday night. This, of course, matters to us because Higuain — who has yet to truly find some kind of consistent goal scoring form this season — is still technically owned by Juventus after they sent him on loan to Milan as part of the deal that saw Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin.
#Sarri is keen to reunite with Gonzalo after 36 goals in 35 games in Naples: before leaving for Juve in a £ 75 M deal. #Higuain has officially asked #ACMilan to let him join Sarri at #CFC. Now it just depends on Marina, Juve and Milan substitutes. #Chelsea @SkySport #tranfers pic.twitter.com/AocC76ahDY— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) January 13, 2019
That’s not a surprising kind of development when you consider Rino Gattuso came out and said this about the Higuain situation after Milan’s Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria on Saturday:
BREAKING: @acmilan head coach Gennaro Gattuso confirms @ChelseaFC target @G_Higuain has decided to leave club. #SSN pic.twitter.com/PQgiAQKubm— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 12, 2019
Ah, there never seems to be a dull moment in Milan these days, huh? (Not in a good way most of the time, though, so whoopsies!)
Higuain, who is with the Milan squad that has traveled to Saudi Arabia for Wednesday night’s Supercoppa, has yet to say much of anything regarding his future at his current club. Milan, which paid €18 million to Juventus for the current season-long loan, have a €36 million option to buy Higuain outright come next summer. That, however, looks like a major doubt of even happening at this point because of the current rumors surrounding Juve’s former No. 9.
The club being linked with a move for Higuain is, obviously, Chelsea, where Pipita’s former manager at Napoli now coaches. Maurizio Sarri wanted to bring Higuain to Stamford Bridge this past summer, but no deal materialized following Juve’s acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo. With Alvaro Morata completely out of form and being linked with his own exit — and a potential return to Spain — Chelsea has been seeking a prima punta that can consistently find the back of the net.
And, as we know, when Higuain is on, that’s exactly what he is.