Maurizio Sarri has been desperate to bring in a new frontman, with Alvaro Morata now expected to complete a loan move of his own to Atletico Madrid after struggling in front of goal this season.
Higuain enjoyed his most prolific season ever under Sarri at Napoli and is eager to be reunited, leaving Milan’s Linate airport at 8am on a private jet bound for London Farnborough.
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Chelsea now face a race against time to try and register Higuain in time for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham, with the deadline at midday.
Higuain’s medical is already scheduled and, if there are no issues, he should sign his contract with the west Londoners before the day is out.
AC Milan have agreed to terminate Higuain’s loan move from Juventus, with Chelsea then bringing the forward in on a six-month deal. If various targets are achieved – such as appearances and goals – Chelsea will be automatically required to extend the loan for an additional year.
Higuain is expected to wear the vacant No.9 shirt at Chelsea, though its previous wearers – which include Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao – have led to some fans fearing it is cursed.
Chelsea bosses have waived their usual policy of not signing players over the age of 30 to land Higuain for Sarri, who considers the striker one of the best goalscorers in world football despite his struggles at San Siro.