Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly inching closer to a move on loan to Chelsea despite distancing himself from the speculation.
The Argentinian, who is currently on a season-long loan to AC Milan, has been suffering with a fever this week and only made a brief appearance off the bench in Milan’s 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana final in Jeddah on Wednesday.
His fever fuelled speculation further with some observers claiming it was to cover up an imminent move to Stamford Bridge.
According to a report from the Telegraph, Chelsea have placed an official offer to take Higuain on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to either buy him in the summer or loan him for a further 12 months, a deal which Juventus have sanctioned.
As part of AC Milan’s current loan deal for Higuain they have an obligation to buy at €36million (£32m), but it looks like any issues with the deal are close to being ironed out.
The former Real Madrid and Napoli star landed back in Italy on Thursday morning and refused to be drawn on questions surrounding his future.
“Were you all waiting for me? If you want to create mess [regarding the Chelsea transfer], I’m not the right person for you in this sense.”
Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso did little to cool the situation, hinting that there could be a major development on Thursday.
“If it was his last match with Milan I do not know, I cannot answer,’ said the Italian.
“I’ve got a burning inside me, we have 25 players, so let’s not talk about this now. We lick our wounds and will see what happens tomorrow.”