Chelsea agree deal to sign Argentine striker from Juventus

Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on a short-term loan. The Argentine is currently on a season-long loan with AC Milan but the Rossoneri are expected to terminate the deal with the marksman seemingly keen on a reunion with manager Maurizio Sarri at the Bridge.

According to Sky Sports News, the west London giants have already agreed on a loan package for the former Napoli man and the move could go through in the next few days. It is added that the club have finalised a six-month loan for the Argentine, though they have the option to extend the deal for a further year with the choice to buy, if they wish.

Higuain had initially been tipped to join the Blues during the summer transfer window but the deal failed to materialise with the hierarchy not expressing a keen intent on recruiting the marksman. However, the Blues have since struggled to find a consistent scorer upfront with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud squandering clear-cut chances and this has eventually urged the board to change their transfer stance on Higuain.

Meanwhile, the arrival of Higuain could directly impact the future of Morata at the Bridge with the striker linked with a potential return to Madrid. According to reports, Atletico have already made an approach for the Spain international but they remain reluctant to settle a permanent agreement at the halfway stage of the season.

Nonetheless, they are indications that the deal could be pushed through on a temporary basis for the campaign with the obligation to buy for £45m next summer. Morata has fared decently with five goals in the Premier League this term but he has struggled to convince the head coach that he can cement the centre-forward position on a long-term basis.