Chelsea are reported to be preparing a bid for Real Madrid’s in-form striker Gonzalo Higuain.


The People is claiming that Andre Villas-Boas is ready to double the Argentinian international's wages, should he make the move to Stamford Bridge.


Higuain currently earns about £3million a year with Los Merengues, but he is being touted as one of those who may be cut loose if Real complete the signing of Lille’s Eden Hazard - and Chelsea are ready to pounce.


Recent poor form has led Andre Villas-Boas to believe he needs an upgrade of his aging squad, with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba reported as being close to Stamford Bridge exits come the season’s end.


The Chelsea manager believes that Argentine would be a perfect replacement should either or both of them leave, which would leave the Stamford Bridge side with a more youthful looking forward line.


Any transfer is not likely to happen before next summer though, as Chelsea have a plethora of attackers at their disposal at the moment.


Villas-Boas said: “If Drogba goes, we have four strikers. If Salomon Kalou goes, we have four wingers.”


Young Belgian Hazard is the subject of his own intense transfer speculation, with Arsenal, among others, reported to be chasing the winger’s signature.

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