Milan (AFP) – Genoa’s Polish international striker Krzysztof Piatek is poised to complete a 35-million-euro ($40 million) move to AC Milan, allowing Argentine Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea, according to multiple reports in Italy on Tuesday.
The Serie A side have reportedly agreed a five-year deal with the 23-year-old who is set to earn two million euros a season plus performance-related bonuses.
Piatek — who has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Genoa in a stunning debut season in Italy — is expected in Milan on Wednesday for a medical, Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported.
Piatek signed a four-year contract with Genoa last summer from Polish club Cracovia for a reported fee of four million euros.
He scored four goals — including a hat-trick in the opening 19 minutes — on his debut in a 4–0 Coppa Italia win over Lecce.
He has 13 goals in Serie A, one less than Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Once Piatek’s move is confirmed, Milan will reportedly allow 31-year-old Higuain to leave the club.
Higuain is on loan at Milan from Juventus but the Premier League club are keen to take over the existing deal.
Former Real Madrid and Napoli forward Higuain has had a difficult season in Milan since moving from Juventus to make way for Ronaldo.
Milan paid 18 million euros ($20.75 million) to sign him on loan, with a clause to make the deal permanent for a further 36 million euros.
He has scored six league goals this campaign but is keen to link up again with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Higuain scored a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli in the 2015-2016 season.
Milan, playing without Higuain, returned to fourth in Serie A on Monday with a 2-0 win over Genoa, who are in 14th position and played without the suspended Piatek.
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