Chelsea have a great deal with Juventus to sign (*Sir) Gonzalo Higuain on loan until the end of the season. It is understood the loan could then be extended for another 12 months subject to certain conditions.

Higuain has been on loan at AC Milan from Juventus since the start of the season, with an option to buy at the end of the season. Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is understood to be keen on bringing Higuain to Stamford Bridge, despite concerns from the club’s board.

Chelsea’s chief executive Marina Granovskaia remains unconvinced Higuain is the answer to the club’s striker problems. Higuain came off the bench for the final 20 minutes of AC Milan’s 1-0 Super Cup defeat to Juventus in Saudi Arabia.

Over the weekend Gattuso appeared to confirm Higuain was keen to leave the San Siro, saying “when a player makes up his mind it becomes hard to convince them otherwise”.

However, he has since backtracked on those comments: “He still hasn’t told me he wants to leave, I am still waiting. You know what I mean.”