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AC Milan assistant boss: Higuain’s Chelsea move remains ‘in the air’

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Assistant boss Luigi Riccio remained indifferent over Gonzalo Higuain’s reported move to Chelsea after he was left out of the AC Milan team that defeated Genoa 2-0 on Monday

The Argentine striker is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Chelsea following a lacklustre start to life at Milan with just six goals in 15 Serie A appearances.

In light of this, Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso opted to drop the unsettled Higuain from his matchday squad in their 2-0 win at Genoa.

And Riccio remained composed while speaking to reporters after the game.

“As for the transfer market we are all grown-ups, we know how to deal with these situations,” said Riccio, according to Gazzetta.

“It has been in the air for a few days.

“But we will work with the players at our disposal.”

It’s understood that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hopes to sign Higuain to provide some badly needed firepower in their attack and he’s hoping a deal can be sealed before Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old Higuain played under Sarri for one season at Napoli, where he scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games during the 2015/16 campaign before completing a €90m transfer to Juventus.

However, for Higuain to be included in the squad for that game, EFL regulations state that the deal must be completed before Wednesday at 12 pm.

The likelihood of a deal going through will hinge on Milan’s attempt to sign Genoa’s star striker Krzysztof Piatek with talks set to resume later today.

The 23-year-old was suspended in Genoa’s 2-0 defeat to Milan on Monday after goals from Fabio Borini and Suso sealed the points.

The Rossoneri are now back in the top-four of the Serie A and will next face second-placed side Napoli on Saturday at the San Siro.