Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could return to Italian football with AC Milan in a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain, according to a report.

Maurizio Sarri keen on Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain swap deal?

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen on bringing in Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan as part of a swap deal with Alvaro Morata.

The Blues are believed to have revived their interest in Higuain, who previously thrived under the management of Sarri during their time together at Napoli.

Morata has not had the same impact for the Italian at Stamford Bridge, though, and the out-of-form striker may be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Higuain to West London.

Sky Sport Italia suggests that Morata would welcome a return to Serie A, where he spent two successful years with Juventus, but the fact Higuain is only technically on loan with Milan could complicate things.

The Rossoneri would need to purchase the 31-year-old outright from Juve before negotiating terms with Chelsea.

Higuain netted 36 goals in the one season that he played under Sarri, before then moving to the Allianz Stadium in 2016.

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Juventus 'eye Romelu Lukaku deal'

Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku was not involved in United's 5-1 win over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday, with the striker on compassionate leave.

The Belgium international scored 27 times in all competitions for the Red Devils last season, but has managed just six goals in 22 appearances for the club this term.

According to Calciomercato, Juventus are interested in signing Lukaku, with the Italian champions viewing the 25-year-old as a player capable of leading their line for a long time.

Earlier this season, Lukaku, who has been criticised for some below-par performances this season, revealed that he would be open to a future move to Serie A.

Result: Mandzukic nets winner as Juventus edge past Roma

Mario Mandzukic's first-half goal fired Juventus past Roma 1-0 and eight points clear of nearest Serie A title rivals Napoli.

The reigning champions were not at their best, even against a Roma outfit languishing in mid-table, but Juve have not failed to score at home in the league this season and they kept that run going as Mandzukic struck 10 minutes before the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo's radar misfired twice as Massimiliano Allegri's men pushed to confirm the outcome with a second goal, which Douglas Costa thought he had scored at the death, only for VAR to intervene.

Juve now face a tricky trip to Atalanta on Boxing Day but can be assured that third-placed Inter Milan and Napoli will take points off each other in their evening clash at San Siro.

Justin Kluivert dropped to the bench as Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco instead put his faith in Patrik Schick, the young Czech striker who has struggled in front of goal since arriving from Sampdoria last year.

Within six minutes he had been slipped in behind the Juve defence by a clever pass from Alessandro Florenzi but his control was awful and the Bianconeri recovered possession.

Seeking to punish the Romans, Mattia De Sciglio tried his luck from distance and, after his effort landed at the feet of Alex Sandro, Robin Olsen did well to parry the ball out for a corner.

Davide Santon was the next Roma player to launch Schick and this time the forward got a shot away, only for Wojciech Szczesny to make a low block.

In the 35th minute Juve got their goal as another delivery from De Sciglio sailed to the far post where Mandzukic beat Santon in an aerial duel to put the ball beyond Olsen.

When play resumed following half-time Paulo Dybala looked to break into the box. When his run was ended by Steven Nzonzi, Ronaldo scooped up the loose ball but put his shot over the bar.

Ronaldo then cursed his bad aim after heading right at Olsen when Dybala swung in a cross on the hour mark.

Juve faced an anxious finale as they toiled to find a second goal to kill the game off and when Roma's Diego Perotti put in a cross to the far post that both Edin Dzeko and Schick both managed to miss, there was palpable tension at Allianz Stadium.

It appeared to dissipate when Costa slotted home from a square pass by Ronaldo, but the video assistant referee ruled out his stoppage-time strike for a foul by Blaise Matuidi on Nicolo Zaniolo in the build-up.

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