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Juventus could sell Gonzalo Higuain if they find a like-for-like replacement this summer

  • May 29, 10:10

Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor

In what would be a sensational bit of business, Italian champions Juventus are considering selling Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain in this summer’s transfer window and it’s Chelsea who are leading the way (according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato).

Now 30-years old, it’s not clear as to why Juventus would sell one of the star front-men but it could be that the club want to cash-in now while the player is still in his prime years – Higuain scored 23 goals in 50 appearances this season, most notably five in 10 Champions League appearances.

Having already played for River Plate, Real Madrid, Napoli and now Juventus the Argentine has had a stellar career including two Serie A titles and three La Liga titles – but could he now be targeting a Premier League winners medal?

Calciomercato state that Chelsea are the leading club if they are to firm up speculation with an actual bid, and if they do, an offer in the region of €70 million would be enough to open talks with Juventus – a decrease to the €90 million spent on Higuain two seasons ago.

The links to west London make sense, especially if Chelsea do decide to replace current manager Antonio Conte with the highly-anticipated appointment of Maurizio Sarri – former boss of Gonzalo Higuain while at Napoli.

Chelsea’s path to signing the proven goalscorer Higuain might not be so easy, as Calciomercato also say that Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running, if indeed the striker is available at a certain price – however it is all conditional on Juve finding a replacement.

Mauro Icardi at Inter Milan is the striker most-wanted by Juventus if Gonzalo Higuain is to depart, but their direct rivals in the capital are apparently adamant that he won’t be leaving to them. Icardi has a €100 million release-clause but only to foreign clubs outside.