Chelsea have dominated the media headlines again today so here is the latest news, gossip and transfer speculation from IcChelseanews.
AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has told Chelsea he believes Gonzalo Higuain will stay.
Higuain is on a season long-loan at the San Siro after Juventus decided to let him leave when they acquired the services of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a deal worth £100 million, but he has only managed five goals in Serie A this season and there is speculation that he wants to link-up with former boss Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri is a big fan of Higuain and is reportedly ready to be reunited with his former player as he seeks to add a world class striker to his front-line, having lost faith in both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
But Gattuso has claimed that Higuain will not be leaving the club and has called on the striker to rediscover his prolific goalscoring form.
Gattuso said on the Sky Sports website: “I want to see the Higuain of the second half against Frosinone. That is the real Higuain, always dangerous, who easily dribbled past the opponents, who had a couple of chances to score.
“Every day I hear people saying that Sarri or someone else called Higuain. I think he will stay, if he won’t it will mean I was wrong.
“My opinion, my feelings are based on what he said to me. My impression is he will stay here.”
AC Milan’s sporting director Leonardo has admitted Chelsea have not made an offer to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain this January.
With Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to do the job they are paid for and score goals on a regular basis, Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen to be reunited with Higuain at Stamford Bridge.
The 31-year-old Argentine striker, who has scored just five Serie A goals this season, is unhappy with life at the Italians and recent reports suggested that he wants to link up with his former boss.
But Leonardo has admitted Higuain, who is currently on a season-long loan at the San Siro from Juventus, will not be leaving the club anytime soon.
“It is difficult to manage a striker when he doesn’t score,” Leonardo said on the Sky Sports website.
“Higuain must find the real himself, he is living in a different situation for him, he left Juventus and he is here on loan. He is very important for us and he knows it.
“We haven’t received any offer from Chelsea – no one has asked us for him and he didn’t ask to leave. Anyway, at AC Milan we keep only the players who want to stay here.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told Cesc Fabregas that he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas is out of contract at the end of this season and there has been rumours that he will not be signing a new contract, with the Spaniard looking to sign a deal bigger than the one-year the club have been prepared to offer.
That has led to speculation that the likes of Juventus and Barcelona are ready to offer him a way out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, knowing they can negotiate a deal during the January window and he is considering his options despite being a regular in the side.
But Sarri has told the Spaniard that he does not want him to leave.
“In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said Sarri on the Sky Sports website.
“I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.
“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.
“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”