Serie A side, Napoli have rejected a £50million bid from Chelsea for Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Napoli insist that they do not intend to let go of Higuain, who has been in prolific form, for any amount of money.They are still in the Europa League and are closely contesting Juventus for the Serie A title, and view Higuain as an integral part of their plans.
Jose Mourinho knows Higuain’s style-of-play since his time at Real Madrid and believes the Argentine international to be the answer to Chelsea’s striker worries, with Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba all failing to live up to expectations, and only scoring seven goals among themselves this season.
However, Chelsea are looking to sell Kevin De Bruyne, with an asking price of £25million and also striker Ba. Wolfsburg have expressed interest in the Belgian midfielder while several clubs across Europe are lining up for the Senegal international.This might help to balance the books in terms of the purchase of Higuain.
Hence, Chelsea might smash their transfer record with a second bid for Higuain in the coming days, and according to the London Metro will break the record set by the transfer of Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011.
By the sale Higuain, Napoli could make a substantial amount of profit, earning more than £15million in just six months since the 26-year-old moved to Naples from Madrid for a fee of £34.5million.
Higuain was a regular starter under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid ahead of Karim Benzema and a reunion might be on the cards this January at Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine forward is having an impressive season in Italy, scoring nine goals and four assists in 16 league matches and four goals and two assists in five matches in the Champions League.
An acquisition of a striker of Higuain’s calibre would benefit any squad, and with a move to Chelsea, Mourinho would find the edge that has been missing for some time for the Blues.
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