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AC Milan transfer news: Major boost in €40m pursuit of Higuain replacement

AC Milan are reportedly moving closer towards securing a deal to sign Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa, as it’s claimed they’ve got the green light from UEFA.

As noted by Sky Sports, Gonzalo Higuain continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea this month, to secure a reunion with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

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Should that exit materialise, Milan must have a replacement lined up as coach Gennaro Gattuso would otherwise be left with just youngster Patrick Cutrone as his only option up front.

With that in mind, Sportmediaset note that Piatek is expected to cost the Rossoneri €40m in total, and they have received a huge boost as it’s suggested that UEFA’s approval to move forward with the transfer has been received amid ongoing FFP issues at the club.

That should then allow them to move forward with the peace of mind that they won’t break any FFP regulations which could land them in hot water with European football’s governing body.

As noted by Calciomercato, it’s reported that a meeting between officials from Milan and Genoa began on Friday evening, with the expectation that an agreement for Piatek will be reached, which in turn could green light Higuain’s move to Chelsea.

Higuain has managed just eight goals in 22 appearances for Milan so far this season, as he has struggled to find his best form while a lack of creativity behind him could also be blamed for the breakdown which has led to seemingly imminent exit.

In contrast, Piatek has bagged 19 goals in just 21 outings, and now the 23-year-old’s form so far this season could be rewarded with a big move to Milan to take his career to the next level.

Nevertheless, while the go-ahead from UEFA is a major obstacle to overcome, it will mean nothing if the Italian giants can’t reach a deal with Genoa to sign their talisman within their financial limitations.

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