Gonzalo Higuain’s loan move to Chelsea in January hasn’t quite had the impact manager Maurizio Sarri would’ve been hoping for.
Now it seems that the loan deal may be short lived, with Higuain reportedly set to be sent back to Juventus in the summer.
It is ‘almost certain’ that Chelsea will cancel Higuain’s loan move at the end of the season, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
If he is set to leave, Olivier Giroud will likely be promoted back to main man up top, with Chelsea facing a transfer ban.
They have been given a two-window transfer ban and fined £460,000 by FIFA for breaching the rules around the transfer of minors. They are unable to register new players, but are still allowed to sell.
Chelsea have appealed against the ban, and are currently awaiting the verdict.
It was Maurizio Sarri who brought Higuain to London. The pair were also together at Napoli, including the 2015-16 season where he scored 38 times.
However, since arriving in January he has only scored three goals in 13 appearances, with two of them coming against Huddersfield Town on his debut start.
The Argentine has expressed his desire to stay at Chelsea if they can overturn the transfer ban, however it currently looks as if he’s on the way out.
Unfortunately for him, in February Juventus suggested that he would not be welcomed back to Turin if Chelsea decided not to keep going with the loan deal.