Soccer – Hope for Chelsea? Di Marzio confirms Gonzalo Higuain is ‘not happy’ with terms of AC Milan deal

Soccer – Hope for Chelsea? Di Marzio confirms Gonzalo Higuain is ‘not happy’ with terms of AC Milan deal


Gonzalo Higuain


As per a report from the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio this evening, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s move to AC Milan is not as close to completion as was previously thought.

Prolific

Higuain, 30, has been on the books of the Bianconeri since the summer of 2016, when he made the move to Turin from Serie A rivals Napoli after Juve activated the Argentine’s 90 million Euro release clause.

And Higuain has since gone on to enjoy a successful stint with the Old Lady, racking up 55 goals across his two seasons as Juve clinched another pair of domestic doubles.

However, this past season proved less prolific than his debut campaign at the Juventus Stadium, with Higuain’s haul of 23 goals having paled in comparison to his 32 in 2016/17.

In addition, rumours have long been rife in the media that the veteran hitman fell out with manager Max Allegri on at least one occasion over the course of last season, leading to mounting speculation that Higuain could be moved on this summer as a result.

FLORENCE, ITALY – FEBRUARY 09: Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus celebrates after scoring a goal during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on February 9, 2018 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

PL interest

Chelsea were previously the club most heavily-linked with a move for the South American, with recently-appointed Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri having reportedly requested Higuain’s signature, after he brought the absolute best out of the striker during the pair’s time spent together at Napoli.

Higuain’s final campaign at the Stadio San Paolo before his move to Juventus saw the former Real Madrid man break the Serie A record for goals in a single season, with an incredible haul of 36.

In addition, with Juve having secured a shock deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain is now widely viewed as the odd man out in Turin.

San Siro bound?

Chelsea are not the only club to have made their interest in Higuain’s services known to Juventus, though, with the Bianconeri’s Serie A rivals AC Milan also hot on the trail of the Argentine hitman.

Reports in the Italian media on Friday even went as far as to suggest that a shock deal which would see ‘Pipita’ head to the San Siro on loan for next season had been agreed upon in principle, with a number of reliable reporters having backed this claim last night.

As such, with further meetings between Juventus, Milan and Higuain’s agents having taken place earlier today, it had since been viewed as an inevitability that the transfer’s completion would soon be announced.

Hitch

But, as per the aforementioned update from Gianluca Di Marzio this evening, the negotiations between Nicolas, Higuain’s brother-agent, and Milan look to have hit a snag, amid claims that the striker is ‘not happy’ with the terms of the proposed deal.

As things stand, the transfer would see Higuain move to the Rossoneri on loan for a year, at a cost of around 18 million Euro, with an option to buy for 36 million Euro.

However, despite Milan sporting director Leonardo having ensured him of the club’s absolute intention to do so, the Argentine is said to be worried about the chance of the Diavolo not making the deal permanent in a year’s time.

In addition, Higuain is reportedly requesting a rise on the current wages that he earns at Juventus, using the fact that Milan will not play in the Champions League next season as reasoning for his demands.

Though an agreement is still expected to be found, an announcement does not look to be quite as imminent as was previously thought.

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