Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly refusing to leave Juventus to join Roma or any other Serie A club because he is convinced he has a future with the Italian champions.
The 31-year-old Argentine striker had two failed loan spells last season, firstly at AC Milan and then with Chelsea.
But, according to Sky Sport Italia, Higuain remains convinced he can impress new manager Maurizio Sarri, whom he played under at Napoli and Chelsea.
Higuain has even hired a personal trainer over the summer to ensure he returns for pre-season in peak condition.
But his stubbornness is proving frustrating for Juventus, who have no place for him in their squad, and want to use the cash raised from his sale to bid for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.
Inter are planning to offload Icardi and Radja Nainggolan this summer in order to buy Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
Given that United value the striker at £80million, Inter need to raise funds and Higuain’s stance is causing issues all round.
Higuain scored five goals in 18 appearances for Chelsea during his loan at Stamford Bridge but didn’t do anything near enough to impress.
Even if Chelsea weren’t under a transfer ban this summer, they would not have signed Higuain on a permanent basis.