Chelsea transfer blow as Juventus reject loan bid for Gonzalo Higuain and demand £32m deal

The Blues are on the hunt for a striker with Higuain, who is currently farmed out to AC Milan, top of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s wishlist.

The Evening Standard report that Chelsea have have had a straight loan bid rejected, and must accept the same terms as Milan, who are obliged to buy the striker from Juve for £32million in the summer.

Stamford Bridge bosses are keen to avoid a permanent signing of Higuain, who turned 31 in December.

Juventus and Milan have travelled to Saudi Arabia where they will meet in the Italian Super Cup.

Higuain’s move to London will be discussed by Juventus and Milan bosses there, as they look to iron out the terms in which the Argentine can leave Italy.

However, Sarri has made it clear he has to secure a striker before the window is shut, with Higuain being the Italian’s No1 target.

Sarri spent one season with the Argentine striker at Napoli during the 2015/16 campaign with Higuain netting a season record 36 Serie A goals in 35 appearances.

Napoli then sold their star man to Juventus for £80m but the ex-Real Madrid man was forced out of Turin this season due to Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in the summer.

Going the other way could be Alvaro Morata, with a host of La Liga clubs interested in the Spaniard – though he cannot leave until a replacement has been signed.

If Chelsea fail to land Higuain, Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson is also on the Blues' radar, but Eddie Howe’s side could demand a huge figure for the England striker.

Michy Batshuayi is clearly not seen as the answer to Sarri's problems.

Although the Blues are crying out for a striker, Batshuayi will join his former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas at Monaco.

Monaco boss Thierry Henry worked with Batshuayi while he was assistant to Roberto Martinez in the Belgian national set up.

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