Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Didier Drogba.
This is according to The Sun, who understand Mourinho is keen to sign a first-class replacement for the departing Chelsea legend - and has subsequently identified Higuain, who is valued at £30 million, as the perfect addition to his Premier League-winning squad.
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Higuain worked under Mourinho for three seasons at Real Madrid, where the Argentina international scored a total of 58 goals in 123 appearances.
He left the Bernabeu for Napoli, who paid £32 million for his services, after failing to cement his status as Real Madrid’s first-choice striker in front of France international Karim Benzema.
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Higuain is a reliable goalscorer
And under the management of the newly-appointed Real Madrid head coach, Rafael Benitez, Higuain managed to score an impressive 53 goals in 102 games for Napoli.
That some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs are keen to secure Higuain’s signature comes as little surprise; this is one of the few obtainable top-level strikers who guarantees goals.
Reliable goalscorers are becoming an increasingly rare breed of player, but Higuain has consistently put up the numbers wherever he has played in his career.
The one big obstacle regarding the potential purchase of Higuain is his transfer fee. Napoli, it’s understood, have no intention of selling Higuain whose contract contains an astronomical €100 million release clause.
Perfect time to leave Napoli?
But Higuain may feel now is the perfect time for a fresh break after the dramatic events of May 31.
Napoli needed a win to secure Champions League football for next season at the expense of opponents Lazio, but it was Higuain who missed a potentially decisive penalty in the 76th minute.
Higuain had already scored two goals before his ill-fated spot-kick, but they were of little value as Lazio scored twice in the final five minutes to seal a top-three finish.
Whether Higuain would agree to join Chelsea, though, may depend on what Mourinho can offer him in terms of regular first-team football.
The South American striker is unlikely to oust Diego Costa as Chelsea’s first-choice centre-forward, but there will be plenty of games in which Mourinho will need to rotate.
If Chelsea successfully lure Higuain to Stamford Bridge, it will be interesting to see whether the Blues still press ahead with their loan move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who flopped so spectacularly at Manchester United this season.
Chelsea fans: should Jose Mourinho sign Gonzalo Higuain or Radamel Falcao this summer? Have your say in the comments below!