GONZALO HIGUAIN could be sent back to Juventus at the end of the season – even if Chelsea escape a transfer ban.
The Argentinian has struggled to find his feet and could see the last years of his career fade in front of him.
Like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are being punished by UEFA for breaching transfer rules on signing minors.
The ban means the Blues are unable to sign any players for the next two transfer windows, although their appeal could see it postponed long enough to recruit this summer.
But if Chelsea are successful with their appeal there is still a question mark on whether they will sign Higuain.
With only three goals in ten appearances he hasn’t made the impact that Maurizio Sarri was hoping for and his £33million price is looking increasingly hefty for the Blues – so much so they could send him packing.
Sarri recently commented on the Argentinian’s lacklustre performances at Chelsea, saying:”He needs to improve his physical condition and mental condition.”
When asked if Higuain struggled in the defeat against Everton, Sarri replied: “In this moment, yes of course, today he had an opportunity. Too few for him I think. He can do more.
“He was improving, but then he had some problems at the beginning of the week. He had a strong stomach fever so today it was normal that he could only play for 60 or 65 minutes.”
This could be two unsuccessful loan moves for the former Real Madrid man and with Juve not keen on him returning Higuain may find himself searching for a new home.