AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has given Chelsea’s hopes of signing Gonzalo Higuain a boost by admitting that the striker wants to leave the club.
Higuain only moved to the San Siro in the summer, joining AC Milan on loan from Juventus after the Bianconeri signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a £100 million move from Real Madrid.
The Argentine chose to stay in Serie A despite interest from Chelsea, who were keen to reunite the striker with newly appointed manager Maurizio Sarri, with the pair having previously worked together at Napoli.
Chelsea have been linked with rekindling their interest during the current transfer window, and their hopes of signing him have been boosted by Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, who has confirmed he wants to leave.
“When a player makes up his mind it becomes hard to convince them otherwise,” said Gattuso after his sides 2-0 win over Sampdoria.
“I have a relationship with him that features great honesty, we say things to one another’s face.
“At the moment, he’s our player and we’re holding on tightly to him. I don’t know what will happen.”
Higuain scored a highly impressive 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances under Sarri’s management in 2015/16.