Move Over Morata! Juventus To Provide Chelsea With Stunning Replacement For Misfiring Forward
After Alvaro Morata’s struggles leading the line for Chelsea, the January transfer window could offer up a continental carousel that could see the Spaniard return to Italy.
Morata spent two seasons at Juventus between 2014 and 2016 before Real Madrid activated the striker’s buy back clause that saw him venture back to the Santiago Bernabeu before being shipped to Chelsea in a £60m deal in summer 2017.
His time at Stamford Bridge – despite mercurial glimpses of his talent – has been much maligned and it seems almost inevitable that the striker and manager Maurizio Sarri will look for him to move out of the West London club in the New Year, with Morata having been dropped from the Chelsea squad for their last four Premier League fixtures. He has scored just four league goals this season.
A remarkable lifeline may have been provided to the forward from Serie A, reports sportmediaset, with news that Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations that could see Morata fly over to Italy, with Gonzalo Higuain moving the other way.
31-year-old Higuain was swiftly moved out of Juventus on loan to Serie A rivals AC Milan following former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s monumental arrival in Turin in the summer.
If Juve give the greenlight, the Argentine will be given permission to complete his loan spell at Chelsea, Morata will subsequently move to the San Siro to join up with the rossoneri, with the options for both moves to be made permanent in the summer.
Higuain has long-been tooted with a move to Chelsea, where he could reunited with former manager Sarri who coached him at Napoli.
Higuain has 289 career goals in 566 appearances, including 154 strikes in 271 fixtures in five years in Italy.
AC Milan find themselves currently in a Europa League qualification spot in sixth.