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  • Higuain dropped by Milan ahead of Chelse...

    Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Milan's squad to face Genoa, with head coach Gennaro Gattuso effectively confirming the Argentina striker has decided he wants to join Chelsea. Higuain came off the bench during the second half of the Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus la...

    Higuain dropped by Milan ahead of Chelsea move

    Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of Milan's squad to face Genoa, with head coach Gennaro Gattuso effectively confirming the Argentina striker has decided he wants to join Chelsea. Higuain came off the bench during the second half of the Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus last time out - a decision Gattuso attributed to the player suffering from a virus. He was not listed when Milan tweeted their 23-man travelling party for Monday's match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and, at a subsequent news conference, Gattuso questioned Higuain's professionalism and insisted recent speculation had taken its toll with Milan managing two wins in their past eight outings. "I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours," Gattuso said. "We spoke after the training session and I did not consider him [Higuain] ready for this game. "I accept his decision. Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better. "Right now we have to work with professionalism and determination, all these rumours have not helped us lately and we have to look ahead. "I am more worried about how to transmit calmness to the players and how to field the best team. Tomorrow [Monday] we will be without four players and I am a bit worried. We have to put it aside and play with enthusiasm. Higuain joined Milan on an initial season-long loan deal in August, with Milan having the option to buy him outright for €36million. That part of the transfer was assumed to be a formality but an underwhelming return of six goals in 15 Serie A appearances – and one since the end of October – leave the 31-year-old bound for a reunion with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea lie fourth in the Premier League, although Sarri lambasted his players in the aftermath of Saturday's 2-0 London derby loss to Arsenal, accusing them of lacking motivation and a strong mentality. Eden Hazard cut a forlorn figure when selected once again as the Blues' central attacker – a role Higuain is expected to step straight into with Sarri seemingly reluctant to start Olivier Giroud and having left Alvaro Morata out of his latest matchday squad. The Spain striker has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid. During his final season under Sarri at Napoli in 2015-16, Higuain set a Serie A scoring record with 36 goals in 35 top-flight appearances.

  • Morata reaches Atletico Madrid agreement...

    Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season, but the Spanish giants now must raise funds before completing the deal. Goal understands Atletico have reached an agreement that would see them pay €3 million (£2....

    Morata reaches Atletico Madrid agreement but continues to hold up Higuain to Chelsea

    Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season, but the Spanish giants now must raise funds before completing the deal. Goal understands Atletico have reached an agreement that would see them pay €3 million (£2.6m/$3.4m) to bring in Morata for the remainder of the campaign, with the option to pay a further €40m (£35.2m/$45.6m) to buy the Spain international at the end of the season. Atletico are still in negotiations with Chelsea regarding the percentage of Morata's wages they will pay, with the Liga outfit hopeful of only forking out for 50% of his £120,000 per week salary before entering talks regarding a reduced contract with the player should he make the move permanent. Atleti, however, are not currently in a position to sign off on the deal with Chelsea as they try to offload two summer signings of their own in a bid to clear space on their wage bill . Forward Nikola Kalinic arrived from AC Milan in the summer but has struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone's style of play, scoring just four goals in 18 matches. The Rojiblancos are also trying to sell winger Gelson Martins, who signed a six-year deal after joining on a free transfer from Sporting having cancelled his contract with the Portuguese giants. The hold-up in offloading Morata is having an effect on Chelsea’s signing of Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan, which is effectively complete. Chelsea are keen to get Morata off their wage bill before bringing in Higuain, while Milan themselves must find a replacement for the Argentina international, with Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek their primary target and likely to cost around €40m (£35.2m/$45.6m). Higuain has an arrangement to join Chelsea on a six-month loan which can either be extended for a further year or turned into a permanent move in the summer, though that would lead to fresh contract negotiations for the 31-year-old. The former Real Madrid forward will reunite with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, who worked with Higuain at Napoli and played a key role in the striker matching the record for the most goals in a single Serie A season with 36 in 2015-16. Higuain and Morata are not the only strikers with Chelsea links on the move in January, with Michy Batshuayi's departure from Stamford Bridge adding further complications to a busy month in west London. With his loan spell at Valencia having been cut short, Chelsea are hopeful of being able to sell the 25-year-old for around €45m (£40m/$51.3m). This has stalled Batshuayi's agreed loan move to Monaco , and with the Ligue 1 strugglers now looking into the possibility of signing Kalinic, the Belgium international's reunion with Thierry Henry could now be off. Everton have also shown an interest in the ex-Borussia Dortmund and Marseille forward but their valuation falls well short of what Chelsea are looking for. He could yet be used as part of the deal to sign Higuain if Milan struggle to find a viable replacement elsewhere while Crystal Palace are also reportedly keen. Meanwhile, Chelsea are also in talks with Zenit’s Leandro Paredes over a move for around €30m (£27m/$34m), though the Russian club value him at €40m (£36m/$46m). There is hope that Chelsea can complete all their January business ahead of the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham next Thursday, but their match with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday is set to come too soon for the likes of Higuain. Additional reporting from Ruben Uria and Romeo Agresti.

  • Calhanoglu deal 'financially impossible'...

    RB Leipzig's hopes of signing Hakan Calhanoglu appear to be over after the club's coach and sporting director Ralf Rangnick declared the deal "financially impossible". Reports in Italy suggested Leipzig had agreed a €20million (£17.6m) deal to bring Calhanoglu back to the Bundes...

    Calhanoglu deal 'financially impossible' for Leipzig

    RB Leipzig's hopes of signing Hakan Calhanoglu appear to be over after the club's coach and sporting director Ralf Rangnick declared the deal "financially impossible". Reports in Italy suggested Leipzig had agreed a €20million (£17.6m) deal to bring Calhanoglu back to the Bundesliga from AC Milan. However, Rangnick effectively ended the speculation, telling reporters: "The deal is financially impossible. "Obviously we know him, given he played in the Bundesliga, but now he plays for Milan. "We already knew his price, so it's absolutely not possible for us to make a move from a financial standpoint." Calhanoglu is familiar with the Bundesliga having begun his career in Germany with Karlsruher, making more than 50 appearances for the club between 2011 and 2013 before joining Hamburg. He would spend just one season at the club, helping them avoid relegation via the play-off, before moving to Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014. During his time at Leverkusen Calhanoglu received a four-month ban from FIFA for a breach of contract relating to his time at Karlsruher. After three seasons at the BayArena, Calhanoglu made the move to Milan in the summer of 2017 for €20million (£17.6m). After a slow start the 24-year-old looked to be thriving under Gennaro Gattuso during the second half of the 2017-18 campaign, scoring five goals in 11 games in all competitions. However, the Turkey international has struggled to match that form this season, finding the net just once in 24 appearances – against 91 Dudelange in the Europa League in November. That led to speculation regarding a January exit, with RB Leipzig believed to be frontrunners. That move appears to be over for now, though Rangnick’s recent comments may be a tactic designed to try and force the price down. Leipzig have already been busy during the January window, signing two players on permanent deals. Mali midfielder Amadou Haidara was the first to arrive at the start of the month from Austrian side RB Salzburg on a deal until 2023. United States international Tyler Adams then arrived from MLS side New York Red Bulls on a four-and-a-half year contract.

  • 'That's why we signed him!' - Ronaldo's ...

    Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo was signed exactly for the kind of match-winning impact he made for Juventus against AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana. In a contest that lacked fast tempo for large parts, Ronaldo headed home the decisive goal in the 61st minute to ...

    'That's why we signed him!' - Ronaldo's trophy-winning qualities hailed by Allegri

    Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo was signed exactly for the kind of match-winning impact he made for Juventus against AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana. In a contest that lacked fast tempo for large parts, Ronaldo headed home the decisive goal in the 61st minute to seal a 1-0 triumph in Jeddah. Franck Kessie was later sent off for Milan, as Ronaldo was able to celebrate a first trophy since joining from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal from Real Madrid. Juve boss Allegri hailed Ronaldo's impact and performance of the team on the whole, even though he felt his side could have been a bit more clinical. "We signed Cristiano Ronaldo because he is decisive and scores big goals," he told Rai Sport. "He scored a great goal and moved very well, but the whole team put in a good performance. "There were a few too many counter-attacks - we should've had more moves like the [Paulo] Dybala disallowed goal.  "Instead, we kept trying to move it around too quickly and allowed Milan some counters, forcing us to sprint back." Douglas Costa left the pitch in a gingerly fashion late in the game, but Allegri moved to allay any injury fears. "It was just cramp, he played a good game," Allegri added. "These players know what it means to sacrifice. "I admire above all the spirit and professionalism of this team, as those who came off the bench even if only for a few minutes had the right attitude and determination to make a difference. "That's what we need going forward this season."

  • Higuain's Supercoppa benching due to vir...

    Gennaro Gattuso insists Gonzalo Higuain started AC Milan's Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus on the bench due to a fever, as speculation on the striker's future continues to mount. Higuain has been tipped to link up with his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea duri...

    Higuain's Supercoppa benching due to virus, says Milan boss Gattuso

    Gennaro Gattuso insists Gonzalo Higuain started AC Milan's Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus on the bench due to a fever, as speculation on the striker's future continues to mount. Higuain has been tipped to link up with his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea during the transfer window. Those rumours were exacerbated when he did not partake in a team photo with Saudi prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal ahead of the Supercoppa contest in Jeddah, which Juve won 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's header. Argentina striker Higuain came off the bench with just under 20 minutes remaining and Milan head coach Gattuso is adamant that illness, and not a potential departure, was behind his thinking. "He's unlucky at the moment. He had a fever last night," Gattuso told Rai Sport.  "We did everything to get him better, but he didn't play much, so I preferred a fresher player. "It might seem like a joke, but honestly, it's true. Higuain wasn't in the picture when the Saudi Prince came to visit because I was afraid the virus would spread among the other players, so that was my decision." Pressed on the issue, Gattuso added: "I've got a burning inside me, we have 25 players, so let's not talk about this now. "We lick our wounds and will see what happens tomorrow." On the match itself, which saw Milan finish with 10 men following a red card for Franck Kessie, Gattuso felt his team battled well. "The team showed character and fought hard against a great opponent," he said.  "The performance remains, but there are always regrets when losing a final."

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