CHELSEA have made a decision as to whether they will keep Gonzalo Higuain on their books after the Europa League final.
The Blues enjoyed a strong end to the season as they secured third place in the Premier League.
It’s been a rollercoaster year at Stamford Bridge in Maurizio Sarri’s first at the helm.
The Italian has shown incredible faith with his tried-and-tested stars – insisting Jorginho was his most important player, despite his initial struggles earlier in the season.
However, having brought in Higuain on loan in January after working with him at Napoli, he may not show the same trust in the Argentinian.
Chelsea pulled out all the stops a few months ago to bring in the 31-year-old.
Higuain was already on loan at AC Milan, complicating a potential deal.
But he has failed to deliver the kind of goal-scoring form many have come to expect from him.
The Argentina international has only managed to find the back of the net just five times in 18 appearances.
And according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea will pass up the opportunity to extend his stay in west London.
The Blues have two options to keep him on their books.
They can either extend his loan spell for another season for £15.7m, or bring him in permanently for £31.6m.
However, it is understood that neither option will be enforced, leaving Higuain free to return to Juventus.
The Serie A side aren’t thought to be keen to have him back though due to his hefty wages.
With Eden Hazard set to leave for Real Madrid in the coming weeks, Chelsea could be left short in attack next season.
Olivier Giroud is expected to extend his stay for another year, while Christian Pulisic will finally make the move to England from Borussia Dortmund after his £58m January transfer.