Following the match, Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved said the Serie A leaders were ready to discuss options with Chelsea over the future of Higuain, who played 20 minutes in the Supercoppa due to illness.
“It’s right that we don’t talk about it now out of respect for the player and for AC Milan, but we can talk about it from tomorrow,” Nedved told RAI.
Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso confirmed it was a fever, not Higuain’s possible departure, that kept him out of the XI for Wednesday’s match against Juve.cheap nike nfl jerseys china
“He had a [high] fever last night,” Gattuso told RAI. “We did everything we could to get him better, but he didn’t sleep much, so I preferred a fresher player.
Speculation about Higuain’s future was fuelled by an earlier club photograph with a Saudi prince in which the forward was not present.cheap nfl jerseys china nike
“Higuain wasn’t in the picture because I was afraid the virus would spread among the other players, so that was my decision,” Gattuso added, justifying Higuain’s absence. “Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”
Last week a source told ESPN FC that Sarri was present at a meeting between Chelsea officials and Nicolas Higuain, brother and agent of Nicolas, in London to discuss a January move.
Higuain was always Sarri’s preferred striker target and was recommended by the Italian for Chelsea before he joined Milan on loan last summer, but concerns about the Argentine’s age and relative expense prevented the Blues from making a move for him then.
But the ongoing struggles of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in front of goal, which have led Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard as a false nine with increasing frequency in recent weeks, forced Chelsea to reconsider their stance on a move for Higuain.