Sunday, 22 July, 2018


Higuain still will not move to Chelsea

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Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 20:38

He was teammates with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, but they haven't spoken about it.

Sarri has a history with Higuain as he managed him during the 2015-16 season.

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Sources told ESPN FC that there is a difference of opinion about the start date of Chelsea's preseason, and insisted that the Italian intends to start working with the squad at Cobham on July 9.

However, sources close to Sarri say while he anticipated he would already be in situ, the 59-year-old now expects his appointment on a three-year contract worth around £5.6million a year after tax to be ratified on Monday.

Chelsea are still trying to appoint Sarri, but are yet to seal the deal for him to take over at the Bridge.

The Italian coach is keen to take a sabbatical, and his £9m pay-off, but Chelsea can not axe Conte until they have struck a deal for Sarri; the former Napoli boss is already believed to be consulting the club about transfer targets.

Argentina worldwide Higuain has been linked with a potential move to the west London side after he netted 16 times in Serie A last term.

It remains to be seen whether Higuain is ready to leave Juventus to play for Chelsea, who will not be in next season's Champions League.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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