Chelsea agree to sign Gonzalo Higuain as Alvaro Morata heads for Sevilla

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The west London side are desperate to recruit a new marksman during the winter period and Higuain, who has previously worked under Sarri at Napoli has been earmarked as the prime option.

Higuain was farmed out to Milan last summer after Cristiano Ronaldo's £100m move from Juventus and has scored six goals in 15 Serie A games this season.

Gonzalo Higuain, Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi have been three strikers linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the past weeks, but Sarri must take a step back and assess his current squad and must surely see Olivier Giroud is the striking option that must lead the line for the Blues.

A source has confirmed to ESPN FC that Nicolas Higuain - the Argentina forward's brother and agent - has met with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri in London to discuss a transfer.

Milan paid $20.75 million to sign the 31-year-old on loan, with a clause to make the deal permanent for a further $42 million.

By contrast, Higuain netted 38 times in just 42 appearances for Napoli when managed by Sarri in the 2015-16 campaign.

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"It is hard to manage a striker when he doesn't score", said Milan sporting director Leonardo.

"A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility".

When asked about Chelsea's interest in Higuain, Leonardo said: "There's no point following rumours and gossip".

However, Chelsea could attempt to send the former Real Madrid star to AC Milan in order to get a deal for Higuain over the line. He is here right now. "Seeing as he is here, he needs to get down and actually do something for this team".

The 28-year-old Wales worldwide will join the Turin giant in the summer, ending his 10-year Gunners career.