Chelsea are being linked with a £30 million January raid on Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports.
The Argentine international is thought to be out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu after falling behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order, and is being linked with a move away from Spain in the opening month of 2012.
Reports in The Daily Star claim Chelsea are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old ahead of Nicolas Anelka's exit for China and Didier Drogba's departure for the African Cup of Nations in January, with a £30 million move mooted.
Andre Villas-Boas reiterated his desire to keep Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge earlier today, but the former Porto boss is still thought to be considering his attacking options ahead of a title challenge in the New Year.
A source close to the player has also given hope to Chelsea - and other suitors - by claiming Higuain is willing to listen to other clubs.
"Higuain is unhappy at being left out all of the time. He wants to fight for the title but was on the bench against Barcelona at the weekend when Real lost 3-1 and he knows where his place is now," the source told The Daily Star.
"He would be interested in what people have to say to him."
Edinson Cavani and Eduardo Vargas have also been linked with moves to west London, with money expected to be at the disposal of the Chelsea boss should he wish to make his move.
Owner Roman Abramovich is once again expected to bankroll his boss in an effort to claim domestic and European glory for the club, and the pressure will be on AVB to make the right choice for Chelsea when the opportunity arises.
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