Chelsea & Juventus Make ‘Initial Contact’ Over Gonzalo Higuain Move as Abramovich Goes to Italy

?Juventus have made ‘initial contact’ with ?Chelsea over a potential move for Gonzalo Higuain.

Italian journalist ?Gianluca di Marzio reports that the Serie A champions are focused on selling players during the remainder of the transfer window, following the recent arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

With the club now looking to recoup some of their funds and make room for Ronaldo in their squad, the club have made ‘initial contact’ with Chelsea in an attempt to offload Gonzalo Higuain. While contact has been made, it is understood that formal negotiations are yet to start – although the Mail report that Roman Abramovich is in Italy this week to seal the deal. 

Maurizio Sarri, who was officially confirmed as the new Chelsea manager earlier this week, is keen to be re-united with Higuain following the pair’s spell at Napoli together.

Sarri is keen to stamp his mark on the Chelsea squad ahead of the upcoming season, and is a huge admirer of Gonzalo Higuain, who scored 23 goals in 50 games across all competitions for Juventus last season.

The Argentine striker is reportedly on £240k-a-week, which would mean that ?Giroud and Morata could be forced to move on if he were to arrive at Stamford Bridge.

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Higuain could become Chelsea’s second signing of the summer, and the second from Napoli, following the £50m ?arrival of Italy midfielder Jorginho. The 26-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Blues, just hours after the club confirmed the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.


Chelsea Flop Alvaro Morata Dines With AC Milan Officials But I Rossoneri Baulk at Blues’ Demands

??Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata reportedly met with officials from ?Serie A side? Milan earlier in the week to discuss a potential summer switch to the San Siro, but are believed to have been put off a deal by the Blues’ €60m demands.

According to Italian outlet La Gazetto dello Sport, the Spanish forward is looking to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, having failed to make an impact during his first season in the ?Premier League. Milan are in dire need of a top quality striker, having seen the likes of André Silva, Nikola Kalini? and Patrick Cutrone fail to cut the mustard last season.

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However, while both Morata and Milan are thought to be keen on the deal, Chelsea are unwilling to make a big loss on the former ?Real Madrid man, and will look to recoup most of the €65m they originally spent, which made the forward their record signing. I Rossoneri have to be careful with their summer, having fallen foul of Financial Fair Play regulations recently.

The 25-year-old’s wife, who is currently expecting twins, is a model and fashion blogger, so a move to the home of fashion is likely to be a popular move all round. It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will lower their demands for Morata, or will instead allow new coach Maurizio Sarri to coax some form out of him in his first season as manager at Stamford Bridge.


A possible resolution could be found in Chelsea’s apparent interest in Milan’s wonderkid goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. 

With Blues stopper Thibaut Courtois seemingly Real Madrid bound, Calcio Mercato have claimed that Sarri could look to bring in the Italian international in, with Morata going in the opposite direction in a swap deal.

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Meanwhile, reports from Spain have claimed that ?Barcelona may look to offer Chelsea Ousmane Dembélé in exchange for club talisman Eden Hazard. The Belgian ace is hotly tipped to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Barça could find themselves in a tug of war to secure the services of the highly rated 27-year-old.


Barcelona Could Offer World Cup Winner Plus Cash in Bid to Sign Chelsea Star Eden Hazard

?Barcelona have been tipped to offer World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele as a makeweight in their reported efforts to sign wantaway Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard this summer, with Real Madrid also believed to be keen on the Belgian international captain.

Hazard recently expressed a desire to experience ‘something different’ and hinted that Madrid would be his preferred destination.

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There have even been rumours that the 27-year-old has struck a ‘verbal agreement’ with the European champions, although failure to agree a fee with Chelsea would see it come to nothing.

And that may be exactly what happens after a report earlier this week quoted a Bernabeu source stating that there are no plans to resurrect the Galacticos transfer policy last seen in 2014 and pay extortionate fees in the region of €200m (£178m) for single players.

It would mean that Barça and other potential suitors could have a free run at Hazard, with the ?latest gossip from Spain claiming that the Catalans are willing to put forward a proposal that includes Dembele heading to Stamford Bridge on top of a sizeable cash sum.

Earlier this month, similar speculation surfaced linking 21-year-old Dembele with a switch to Manchester United in exchange for fellow countryman Anthony Martial.

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Dembele completed a €145m move to Camp Nou last summer to replace Neymar, but a lengthy early injury layoff ultimately wrecked his season and he struggled to establish himself once fit.


Reports Reveals Real Madrid Won’t Sign Hazard, Mbappe or Neymar to Replace Ronaldo for Key Reason

?Real Madrid will reportedly not be splashing enormous amounts of cash on any individual player in the transfer market as the reigning European champions reportedly have no plans to resurrect the long dormant Galacticos policy, despite selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for €100m.

Real have been heavily linked with Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. But, If the latest gossip from Spain is to be believed, the Ronaldo-sized hole in the side that won four Champions Leagues in five years will be filled in ways other than throwing €200m or more at a single player.

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In previous years, Real have been no stranger to breaking the world transfer record under the leadership of president Florentino Perez, doing so to sign Gareth Bale (2013), Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), Zinedine Zidane (2001) and Luis Figo (2000).

But, according to Spanish outlet Libertad Digital, Los Blancos will simply not spend that much to buy just one player, meaning no deals for Hazard, Mbappe or Neymar unless the selling clubs are willing to accept much lower prices – and that seems virtually impossible.

At this point it is worth noting that, despite their ongoing representation in the transfer-hungry global media, Real have not completed what might be considered a ‘Galactico’ signing since spending €80m on James Rodriguez in 2014.

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The Colombian failed to justify that enormous price tag and since then Real have focused their attention in the transfer market on buying younger talents to develop.

At €45m apiece, Brazilian teenagers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes are the only players that Real have spent more than €30m on since the summer of 2014. Those who have arrived at the club during that time include Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic and Alvaro Odriozola.

A Bernabeu source even told Libertad Digital, “We decided a few years ago that the transfer policy was different and Cristiano’s departure is not going to change our plans.”

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Certainly, while Real look to be pushing ahead with a €40m deal to sign Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea, any substantial progress on a possible move for Hazard has been conspicuously absent, despite the player’s apparent desire for it to happen.

Chelsea are thought to want an enormous fee for Hazard and so now it all seems clearer.

It has also been recently suggested that Real pulled out of a deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson because they refused to meet Roma’s steep asking price, something that Liverpool are doing. The proposed Courtois deal will only cost them around half the amount.


Chelsea Reject 2 Barcelona Bids for Willian as Blues Hold Out for €80m Asking Price

?Barcelona have made ?Chelsea winger Willian a primary target in this transfer window, but they have already had two bids rejected according to reports from Spain.

?Esport3 claims that Chelsea value the Brazilian at 80m and it appears that they are serious about this valuation, with Barcelona twice submitting bids below that price and twice being knocked back.

Barcelona’s interest in the player comes as a result of their failure to sign Antoine Griezmann, who teetered on the brink of joining the Blaugrana before committing his future to Atletico Madrid prior to France’s World Cup win.

Willian is a slightly cheaper option than Griezmann but also several years older, as he will turn 30 on the eve of the upcoming Premier League season. However, he fits the profile of the type of player that Ernesto Valverde is looking for. 

Valverde was impressed with Willian when Chelsea played Barcelona in last season’s Champions League. He was a constant threat and scored Chelsea’s goal in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, before Barcelona blitzed the Blues 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

Willian has the same representatives as his Brazilian teammate, Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, and they will liaise between the two clubs to try and encourage forward progress on a transfer if that is what the player desires.

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Despite Chelsea’s 5th place finish in the Premier League last season, Willian’s 13 goals in all competitions made it the most prolific campaign of his career to date.

In five seasons in England, Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances.