Chelsea Striker Higuain Won’t Be Returning To Juventus

No Room At Juve For Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain Chelsea
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Chelsea’s on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain is unlikely to return to Juventus at the end of the season.

The Argentine international moved to Stamford Bridge at the end of January with the Premier League side having two options at the end of the campaign. They can either extend the loan for another twelve months for a fee of £16million or they can buy him outright for £31.5million. There are also reports that Chelsea will be obliged to keep the striker until the end the 2019-20 season if he meets certain goalscoring and performance criteria.

Higuain has scored twice for the Blues so far this month although he was a substitute for the Carabao Cup Final defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

The 31-year-old has been told he has no future at Juventus and if Chelsea decide to off-load him then he will be sold or loaned elsewhere by Juve. He spent the first half of this season at AC Milan.

Juventus are in danger of contravening Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations if they keep Higuain. Cristiano Ronaldo has been brought in as his replacement on wages of £500,000 a week. The Serie A side have also agreed to pay Aaron Ramsey £400,000 a week when he moves to the club in the summer.

Juventus need Higuain’s £300,000 a week off the books on a permanent basis.