AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has suggested that Gonzalo Higuain has already decided to quit the club and wants to move to Chelsea.

The Argentine striker is Maurizio Sarri’s number one choice to replace Alvaro Morata – who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this month – and Higuain is believed to be eager to reunite with a manager under whom he enjoyed his most prolific ever season.

Milan, however, are loathe to let Higuain leave in January without a replacement, while the deal is complicated because the 31-year-old is on loan at San Siro from .

Despite the speculation, Higuain was picked to play against Sampdoria in a 2-0 win on Saturday, though he made little impact and Gattuso made it clear that his head was elsewhere.

‘We have a very honest relationship, we say things to people’s faces. There is great honesty,’ Gattuso told Milan TV after the game.

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‘When a player makes certain choices, it becomes difficult to convince him otherwise. One can try.

‘At this moment, he is a Milan player and we’re holding on tight. I don’t know what will happen.

‘We are honest with each other and I want him to maintain this attitude, which has never been lacking thus far.’

In his press conference, he added: ‘I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give advice, because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years. It’s his mind, not mine.

‘I haven’t figured out what Higuain is unhappy with, because I see him look content and involved in the locker room atmosphere. We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.’

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