Maurizio Sarri dealt blow in race for £32m transfer target

Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in the hunt of Gonzalo Higuain after Juventus made it clear that they will demand a future fee of £32 million.

The Argentine’s brother and agent, Nicolas, flew to London to try and finalise the move, with Maurizio Sarri desperate to bring in Gonzalo Higuain as a replacement for Alvaro Morata.

The South American forward is currently on loan at AC Milan, and any deal would require them to terminate his contract early – however, it contains an obligation to buy the striker in the summer for £32 million.

Now Juventus have told the Blues that they will require them to pay the previously agreed transfer fee if they are to sanction Gonzalo Higuain’s move to London outfit.

They will not need to pay up until the summer, when the loan comes to an end, though Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia is hesitating to spend so much on a player who has just turned 31.

But while Maurizio Sarri is most keen to be reunited with Gonzalo Higuain at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League giants’ transfer decision makers are less convinced and have already begun looking at potential alternatives.

With Bournemouth’s striker Callum Wilson and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy being on the radar.