Ever so slightly, with each passing day, Gonzalo Higuain’s loan spell in Milan is looking more and more to be a thing of a soon-to-be thing of the past.
According to multiple reports in Italy on Friday — including Sky Sport Italia and SportItalia — Higuain is just about to end one loan spell in Milan and begin a new one in London with Chelsea. So much so that Higuain’s much-discussed move to the English Premier League could pretty much be officially official by the end of the weekend, with the 31-year-old Argentine reportedly set to undergo his medical with Chelsea at some point this weekend.
Gonzalo #Higuain probably will not be ready to play against Arsenal... but yes, it’s confirmed: he’s coming to Chelsea, just waiting to arrive in London and sign his contract! Here-we-go #CFC #Chelsea— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 18, 2019
Chelsea play Arsenal on Saturday, by the way, so that seems like a pretty realistic stretch for Higuain to make an appearance in that game.
The details of the loan deal have been widely reported as such: The original 18-month loan deal that was thrown out there is now looking like it will be for the same period of time but broken up into two parts. Higuain will terminate the second half of his loan deal with Milan only to join Chelsea on loan for the final six months of the 2018-19 season. Based on stipulations built into the deal — almost certainly goals and/or appearances — Higuain could then see the loan deal extended for another 12 months by Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, the same guy who coached Higuain during his record-breaking season at Napoli, had this to say during his pre-match press conference on Friday when asked about a possible Pipita reunion:
“I don’t know. I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina [Granovskaia] two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training.
“I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market. I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch.”
(Source: Football Italia)
I think we can assume that Sarri probably knows a whole lot more than what he’s giving off in the quote above. With all the struggles that Chelsea have had with their strikers this season and the fact that the club tried to sign Higuain over the summer, you have to think that getting him to London during the transfer window has been one of Sarri’s biggest requests.
So now we just wait and see when the official announcements will take place. And also to see what kind of domino effect that Higuain going to Chelsea sets off with the likes of Alvaro Morata (to Atletico Madrid), Krzysztof Piatek (to Milan) and others.