Milan Take Lead in Race to Sign Higuain

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AC Milan caused consternation among the Chelsea hierarchy by opening talks with Gonzalo Higuain’s brother Nicolas, who is also the striker’s agent.

The Evening Standard reports the Rossoneri are keen to strengthen their forward line and with Juventus willing to listen to offers for Higuain, Milan are circling their prey.

Chelsea believe they are in a strong position with a salary offer worth £130,000 per week being put together. However, Higuain has no aversion to plying his trade in Serie A, having previously played for Napoli.

That time, with one season under newly-appointed Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri, was, the Blues hoped, going to be a decisive factor in their favour, as well as offering European club football.

However, Milan successful appealed against UEFA’s one-year ban from participating in European club competitions and are desperate to return to the Champions League.

Higuain would certainly solve their inconsistency in front of goal. While he, like the rest of the Argentinean squad, failed to set the World Cup alight, he has scored 111 goals in 187 Serie A appearances since leaving Real Madrid in 2013.

In other moves, Arsenal were forced to issue a statement denying CEO Ivan Gazidis was set to move to the San Siro. Reports from Italy claim the Gunners boss is admired by the Milanese hierarchy and that he would be set to take up a similar role from September.