CHELSEA are edging closer to signing Gonzalo Higuain after the striker told AC Milan he wants to quit the club.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to add firepower to his blunted forward line.
Alvaro Morata looks set to depart and Higuain appears to the be the man to replace him before the transfer window closes.
Sarri is hoping to recapture the success he had with the Argentine striker at Napoli in Serie A.
The 31-year-old scored a staggering 38 goals in 42 appearances under the Italian in 2015/16.
But social media users think Higuain will struggle in the intense pace of the Premier League.
Some Chelsea fans are less than excited at the prospect, with one banding him an overweight version of Morata.
One wrote: “Sarri will eventually get sack with all these useless deadwood players he’s bringing… he should go and ask Conte. Higuain of all people.”
Another added: “Chelsea fans getting gassed over Higuain lol awful signing imo.”
A third was even more brutal: “Chelsea signing a fatter version of Morata… what else is new?”
Alvaro Morata felt the wrath of fans too, with one Twitter user writing: “Biggest achievement in Morata’s career is making Higuain relevant again. What a joke.”
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso played Higuain against Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia yesterday, and afterwards spoke about his future.
“If it was up to me, I’d invite him to my house, lock him in a room and throw him food every two to three hours,” he joked. “Unfortunately, I can’t do that.
“When a player makes choices, it’s difficult to convince him otherwise. One can try.
“We have a very honest relationship, we say things to people’s faces.
“There is great honesty. At this moment, he is a Milan player and we’re holding on tight. I don’t know what will happen.
“I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give advice because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years.”