Chelsea make a decision over Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain’s future

Gonzalo Higuain has struggled to live up to expectations since joining Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have decided against taking up their option to extend Gonzalo Higuain’s loan deal or buy the striker outright due to his indifferent form since signing from Juventus in January.

Maurizio Sarri identified the 31-year-old as the striker to fire Chelsea into the top-four and although the team achieved that objective by finishing third, Higuain failed to impress consistently.

The Argentina international has scored only five goals in 21 games for Chelsea with his strike against Watford his only one against a top-half Premier League team.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea will not pay the £15.7m fee to extend his loan for an extra 12-months nor will they activate a £31.6m clause to make the deal permanent.

Chelsea face the prospect of being unable to sign any players this summer (Picture: Getty)

Unless the Court of Arbitration for Sport intervenes, Chelsea will be unable to sign any players for the next 12-months after being subjected to a transfer ban from FIFA.

Even if Chelsea are unable to get the ban lifted or at least delayed, they will not re-sign Higuain and instead will trigger a year’s extension to Olivier Giroud’s deal.

Loanees Tammy Abraham (at Aston Villa) and Michy Batshuayi (at Crystal Palace) could return to the first-team squad next season to swell Chelsea’s attacking options.

Higuain could find himself in a state of limbo in the summer as Juventus have no interest in keeping him as he one of the club’s highest earners.

It could mean that the Europa League final against Arsenal later this month will be Higuain’s last for Chelsea and he is unlikely to start with Giroud the leading goalscorer in the competition.


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