Deal close: Chelsea on verge of landing Maurizio Sarri’s dream target

Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a swap deal with AC Milan involving Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.

Morata has not scored in the Premier League since Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the beginning of November and an over-reliance on Eden Hazard in front of goal has become glaringly obvious.

Maurizio Sarri pleaded with the board to sign a striker following Wednesday’s goalless draw at home to Southampton and Juventus’ Higuain, currently on loan at the San Siro, has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Higuain, who broke the Serie A goalscoring record for a single season at Napoli back in 2015/16, has made no secret of his desire to work with Sarri once again.

According to the Sun, Higuain’s wish is set to be granted with Chelsea on the verge of a temporary agreement for the Argentina forward.

It’s claimed Morata, who has failed to live up to his £65million price tag, will head the other way in a season-long loan to Milan.

The Blues may look to make Higuain’s move permanent in the summer by approaching his parent club, Juventus.

Asked about the rumours surrounding Higuain last month, Sarri replied: ‘I like him very much, he is a wonderful player and man ‘But I don’t want to talk about him. I have two and a half strikers at the moment, Higuain plays for Milan.’

He said: ‘On the bench I tried to do my job. I think we played a very good match for 80 metres of the pitch, then we were in trouble in the last 20 metres.

‘We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15, 20 metres. The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics.

‘I’m not in charge of the market. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres.

‘The club knows my position, my opinion. It’s up to the board.’

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