How Gonzalo Higuaín Could Be The 'Key' To Maurizio Sarri Pushing Ahead With Juventus Move
Juventus are eager to push ahead with Maurizio Sarri becoming their new manager and believe that Gonzalo Higuaín could help speed up the process.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A champions will offer Chelsea a €9m discount on the fee owed for the ex-Real Madrid and Napoli striker's loan spell.
The Europa League champions signed Higuaín on a loan deal until the end of the season, with the option to make the move permanent for £31.3m (€36m).
However, they can retain the 31-year-old Argentina international's services if they extend his loan deal until June 2020 for £15.6m (€18m).
But the Italian club feel like they can push ahead Sarri's arrival by slashing the money still owed from Higuaín's six-month loan.
Sarri has been widely tipped to succeed Massimiliano Allegri as Juventus boss for some time.
But Chelsea are playing hardball over the ex-Napoli head coach and are demanding for Juventus to pay his £5.3m release clause.
Sarri's representatives have been speaking with club owner Roman Abramovich in recent days.
However, it's expected that an announcement for Sarri's release will come on Monday and Juventus hope to confirm his appointment on a three-year deal within 48 hours.
Jorginho, who was one of Sarri's main signings at Stamford Bridge, said he was unsure of his club boss' future.
"I don't know, we'll see what he chooses," he told Rai Sport (via the Daily Mail) after Italy's 3-0 win over Greece in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
"I have no idea what he'll do, to be honest, as I am focused on Italy right now."
The Chelsea manager seems likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, even admitting recently that he would welcome a return to Italy.
"For us Italians, the call of home is strong," he told Vanity Fair.
"I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see.
"But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won't be able to work for 20 years. It's hard work, the bench.
"When I return home to Tuscany I feel like a stranger. I have slept 30 nights there in the last few years."
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