Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain looks set to play for AC Milan on Wednesday evening, in the Supercoppa against his parent team Juventus.

His manager Gennaro Gattuso has claimed that he is 90-99% sure that he will be starting the match. The players Instagram would also suggest this, with his post from Tuesday.

Higuain is widely reported to be desperate to join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, and the blues have been in drawn out talks with both Milan and Juventus, in an attempt to make this deal happen.

However, it appears that any deal is yet to be close, with Milan wanting to source a replacement first. Chelsea and Juventus seem to be nearer the same page on the actual deal itself now though, so this part of the deal, looks like it is closer than ever.

Milan are now working hard on their replacement, which looks to be Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa. However, other clubs are also making moves for the Polish forward.

Alvaro Morata is working hard on his attempt to leave Chelsea, and could still be involved in the Higuain deal.

The Spaniard prefers a move to La Liga though, and Atletico Madrid are in talks with Chelsea to bring him there. The two clubs are still some way off agreeing a deal, and Morata may well consider Milan if it’s his only route out.

The deal is complicated, and is relying on a lot of connecting interchanges, not an ideal scenario for a January transfer window that is rapidly running out of time.

But at least the blues will have a Cesc Fabregas replacement in, right? Well, Leandro Paredes has agreed terms with Chelsea, and is patiently awaiting the move.

But a fee is still yet to be agreed between his club Zenit St Petersburg and Chelsea. The blues have offered £31.2 million after having their first offer rejected. Zenit are still considering this offer, but originally stated that they wanted closer to £40 million for the Argentine international.

All parties are keen to get this one over the line.

Simon Phillips