Higuain and Morata swap deal works best for Chelsea - Tancredi Palmeri

Friday, January 11th, 2019 1:40pm

By Stuart Harlow

Chelsea could find themselves negotiating a complicated loan swap deal in an effort to solve their striking woes in January, according to one Italian football expert.

Maurizio Sarri has already admitted that he would like to enter the transfer market for a striker this month but also said that the decision is not in his hands.

Olivier Giroud has failed to impress the new manager while Alvaro Morata's form up front has left him cutting a miserable figure on the pitch.

It has led the Blues to investigate their chances of signing Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan - but Tancredi Palmeri reckons it might end up being a far more complex transfer to get over the line than they initially anticipate.

"The deal is extremely hard for many reasons. The main one is that this deal involves two other clubs and eventually payment to both clubs and one of those clubs cannot afford another striker of the level of Higuain," Palmeri told The Brian Moore Show (weekdays 3pm-7pm).

"They also need to agree to the deal. Juventus own Higuain but Milan are the ones who have paid 20 million Euros for a fictitious loan with a right to buy of 36 million Euros.

"For the kind of performances Higuain is giving, Milan will possibly happily get rid of him but only at the end of the season because first they have to reach the Champions League which is vital for them more than anybody else.

"If they get rid of Higuain now then they need to find someone that can replace him and there aren't many at all that can be bought at the moment.

"Possibly the easiest way would be just to swap Morata for Higuain but Milan can't afford the fee.

"They can afford the salary because it's similar to what they are paying Higuain but they can't afford the fee that Chelsea are searching for.

"So at the moment - in my opinion - if Chelsea and Milan both agree to do a swap loan with option to buy for both, possibly that would be the best way for things to be solved."

However, Morata may hold the key to the deal after talks with Sevilla broke down over the type of money Chelsea were asking for.

The Spain international appears to be deeply unhappy at Stamford Bridge with many suggesting that only a move back to Spain or Italy would solve his woes.

"Morata has to be happy with the destination," Palmeri added.

"Higuain is happy with Chelsea but with Morata, it's not clear if Milan is the right place.

"The negotiation with Sevilla fell apart because the request of Chelsea was too high.

"Higuain's agent has told Chelsea about the interest, which is different from the offer, of Atletico, Bayern and Barcelona so it's complicated! It's a puzzle where all the different parts need to fit to be solved."

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