Chelsea are set to add some much-needed power houde by reuniting coachMaurizio Sarri with Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain.
Higuain, 31, is mid-way through a season long loan at AC Milan from Juventus, with a choice to make the contract permanent.
However, Chelsea have reportedly finalised on an agreement with the Italian sides to bring Higuain on loan with the choice to make the deal full-time or extend the loan for another 1 year at the end of the season.
As a result of Higuain’s deal, Alvaro Morata is set to leave Chelsea to return to Spain at Atletico Madrid on loan.
Higuain scored a record of 36 Serie A goals under Sarri at Napoli before moving to Juventus in 2016 for then the third-highest transfer fee of all time in a 90 million euro deal($103 million).
After winning two league titles with the Bianconeri, though, he was forced out by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in July.
Milan paid 18 million euros to sign Higuain on loan, with a clause to make the deal full-time for an additional 36 million euros.
Yet he has found it difficult to settle at the San Siro, scoring eight goals in all competitions and was heavily condemned for a meltdown that saw him sent off in a 2-0 defeat to Juventus in November.
Higuain only made a late appearance coming on from the bench swhen the sides met again, with Juventus 1-0 win on Wednesday in the Italian Super Cup, which was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso insisted Higuain had been suffering from a fever, but admitted earlier this week that the forward was determined to link up once more with Sarri.
“When a player makes up his mind it becomes hard to convince them otherwise,” said Gattuso.
Chelsea are desperately in need of a striker, with the form of the misfiring Morata and Olivier Giroud leaving Sarri with no option than to use Eden Hazard in an unrecognised false nine role in recent weeks.
Morata signed for Chelsea a whopping record of £60 million ($77 million) in July 2017 from Real Madrid, but after a bright beginning become increasingly short of confidence over the past year.
After two season with Chelsea, Morata is set to switch sides in the Spanish capital by joining Atletico, where he began his career as a youth team player.