Gonzalo Higuain close to joining Chelsea after both sides agree terms

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AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has told Gonzalo Higuain to focus on the job in hand and ignore interest from Chelsea.

Milan paid 18 million euros ($20.75 million) to sign him on loan, with a clause to make the deal permanent for a further 36 million euros.

The 31-year-old was drafted in by AC Milan from Juventus last summer, but it appears he'll end his spell at the San Siro by heading to West London.

Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Higuain could be set for a reunion with Maurizio Sarri, who has previously worked with the Argentina striker at Napoli.

The Argentina global set a new Serie A goal-scoring record under Sarri at the Stadio San Paolo in the 2015/16 campaign with 36 goals.

Higuain is now on loan to AC Milan from Juventus, but the Rossoneri are reportedly ready and willing to let the 31-year-old end his spell early as they are struggling to pay his hefty wages.

"Gonzalo has lived through this moment but now he has to leave it behind him".

He said: "A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility".

Brazilian Leonardo added: "There's no point following rumours and gossip".

Chelsea's strikers aren't doing too good this season, either.

However, negotiations are complicated and the two parties (Chelsea and Juve) have different ideas: the Bianconeri wanting the Premier League side to basically accept the same terms as Milan - a loan with €36m obligation to buy.

As well as Higuain, Chelsea are believed to be keeping tabs on Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, who was a reported £50 million price tag.