It appears that the deal is going down tonight, with all of the dominoes falling into place.
Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek will likely be off to AC Milan, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain will switch his loan from Milan to Chelsea, and Alvaro Morata will be leaving Chelsea and headed to Atlético Madrid.
Multiple sources claim #ACMilan could secure Krzysztof Piatek from #Genoa for €40m tonight, freeing Gonzalo Higuain for a #ChelseaFC medical tomorrow https://t.co/0MAuEedu8F #CFC #Juventus #SerieA #Atleti #ASMonaco pic.twitter.com/goIPQvLsf8— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 18, 2019
This deal had been rumored for months, with speculation going from “there is no way” to “well, maybe” and finally to “it looks like it’s gonna happen.” The crux of the deal appears to be Maurizio Sarri, who is the current manager at Chelsea, wanting to reunite with his former striker Higuain, who had a career year at Napoli that earned the Argentina striker a big money move to Juventus after his Real Madrid career seemed to fizzle out.
Morata has never seemed to fit in at Chelsea, after he made the move from Juventus to Chelsea, and so he also returns to Madrid, although he’ll be joining Atlético instead of Real Madrid, where he previously played.
The question now is how will Piatek fit in a Milan? Scoring at the San Siro has a lot more pressure than it does at the Luigi Ferraris, and he’s only a few months removed from the Ekstraklasa, the Polish first division, with Cracovia Krakow. The 23 year-old has blown away everyone in Serie A this season, scoring 13 times in 19 games with Genoa, so the question now becomes if he is a flash-in-the-pan or if he’s the real deal.
Piatek reportedly turned down a move to West Ham United to come to Milan, so hopefully this move will work out for everyone involved. Here’s hoping that Piatek can be Andriy Shevchenko to Patrick Cutrone’s Filippo Inzaghi. While those comparisons are a bit premature, it’s not hard for Milan fans to get excited about the possibility of two good young strikers who will be able to lead the line for years to come.