Newcastle and Wolves ready to offer Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain transfer – EXCLUSIVE

Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain could be offered another crack at the Premier League with Newcastle United and Wolves both interested. Juventus are keen to offload the former Real Madrid hit-man this summer and both Newcastle poised for a Saudi takeover and Wolves are keen.

The Magpies new owners are looking for big-name signings to announce their intentions and haven’t been put off by Higuain, 32 struggling when he was at Stamford Bridge.

He only found the net five times in 18 appearances when he reunited with his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri for the second half of last season.

The Blues had an option to extend his loan for another season but declined, and Higuain returned to Juve where he has scored eight times in 33 appearances.

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The Argentinean international is also a target for his first club River Plate and has also started to explore if he has any options in the MLS.

But he would consider any offers from the Premier League as he weighs up what is likely to be the last move of his long and mostly successful career.

Higuain has recently opened up on his future and has admitted he could return to Argentina before he retires.

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He told TyC Sports: “River are a club that gave me everything, from letting me develop to Real Madrid buying me, but right now I don’t know what’s going to happen. My head is here [in Turin].

“[Marcelo] Gallardo’s team are very exciting, they have quality, strength, everything.

“The truth that you watch them and their number nine gets many chances. Clearly someone who played for River before will watch that team, see themselves there and say, ‘how nice’.

“Gallardo has caught everyone’s eyes and he’s earned it. I’d think about going back to River to retire.”

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Higuain has 75 caps for Argentina, scoring 35 goals.

His time with the national team has seen him finish in second at the 2014 World Cup and in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America.

Newcastle could have money to spend this summer with a £300million takeover currently ongoing.

The Magpies have been linked with a number of huge stars including Philippe Coutinho and Kalidou Koulibaly.

And Wolves will look to further strengthen after establishing themselves as top half side in the Premier League.

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Wolves players required to bring their own ball to training

Wolves players required to bring their own ball to training to prevent spread of coronavirus as they continue individual sessions ahead of tests

  • Wolves players returned for individual training sessions last week   
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  • Conor Coady has given an insight into the new training procedures 
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Wolves players are required to bring their own footballs to training to prevent the spread of coronavirus as they prepare to undergo tests in the coming days.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad resumed individual training sessions last week and will soon be checked for Covid-19 in the drive-through test centre constructed in the car park of their training ground.

Project Restart remains beset by uncertainty, with players expressing doubts about their safety if the Premier League resumes next month – and Wolves skipper Conor Coady has advocated ‘little steps at a time’ as they work towards a resumption.

Wolves players bringing their own footballs to training to prevent the spread of Covid-19

He said: ‘It’s such a cautious situation. We all want that date to say Wolves are playing whoever on June 12 or 13, we’re all looking forward to it, but we realise as human beings that this is such a tough situation that we’re in. I think it’s important we take little steps at a time.

‘[The talks between Premier League captains have] been fantastic, coming together quite often to try to move this situation forward,” said Coady.

‘Everyone wants to move forward. We know how tough it is, how Covid is affecting certain families – it’s absolutely horrible. ‘Hopefully, we can move forward and the Premier League will do what they need to do to move things forward.

‘I can understand the different points of view. We’ve all got families and people will make their own decisions.’

Every Wolves player was asked to report for individual fitness sessions last week

Wolves are sixth in the table and still involved in the Europa League, meaning they will have plenty to play for if the action resumes.   

Players are prevented from entering the buildings at Compton and have been restricted to groups of four, maintaining social distancing and working with one of the club’s fitness coaches.

Coady told Sky Sports: ‘It’s four players at a time, on a pitch each. It’s tough because we’re not allowed to use cones, poles, mannequins or goals – we’ve got to bring our own ball which then gets cleaned.

English defender Conor Coady has given an insight into the new training procedures

‘They take your temperature when you go in and then we’re going to be tested (for coronavirus) in the next few days.

‘You’ve got your coach in the middle and he’s obviously got a mask on and gloves – 20, 30 or 40 yards away from you, shouting what he wants from you. You get an hour slot, so, for example, if you’re in at 9am you’ve got until 10am.

‘You just walk around to the pitch as you’re not allowed into the building. It’s something where they’re trying to keep you out of the building. We understand the situation, you’re following markings on the floor – running from this circle to that circle. It’s non-stop running and it’s tough.’ 

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