Juventus won't allow Gonzalo Higuain - currently at AC Milan - to leave for Chelsea on loan this month.
Maurizio Sarri is in the market for a striker and had earmarked Higuain, who worked with him at Napoli, as a potential replacement for Alvaro Morata.
But Juventus see no reason to end the player's current loan deal with Milan for a similar deal with Chelsea and would rather engineer a permanent deal for the Argentinian international reports The Standard.
The player is keen on moving to London and linking up with his old boss and there will be talks between Juventus and AC Milan about the player this week.
AC Milan have already started looking for replacements for a player that has failed to impress since joining them in the summer. It is believed they have targeted Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek as a potential replacement.
Last week, Gianluca di Marzio of Sky Sports Italy tweeted that Juventus would gain nothing from allowing Higuain to join Chelsea given the player is already on loan at AC Milan. This could change if a permanent deal was on the table but as he explains, the current potential arrangement "doesn't make sense."
"Marca came out with an article that gives impetus to the passage to Chelsea of Higuain," said di Marzio. "We have not found any evidence, confirming that Sarri would like or that Chelsea have made a decision on this investment.
Meanwhile, Morata is still looking for a new club with Sevilla interested in taking the former Real Madrid man on loan.
Chelsea will not hand Michy Batshuayi an extended run in the team despite recalling him from his loan spell at Valencia. The player is expected to join Monaco despite Premier League interest from Everton and Crystal Palace.
✍️ Gatusso implora a Higuaín que siga en Milán... aunque el argentino apunta a Stamford Bridge