Chelsea still want Napoli star Higuain

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Chelsea appear not to have given up hope in their pursuit of signing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

According to The Daily Mirror, Chelsea - who reportedly had a whopping £50 million bid for the Argentina international rejected during the very early stages of the January transfer window - maintain an interest in Higuain - along with Paris Saint-Germain duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani - with big changes expected in the club's strikeforce this summer.

With doubts surrounding the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, Chelsea appear to be on the verge of completing a big-money move for Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa.

However, it could well be that Jose Mourinho will require the addition of more than just one new quality forward prior to the start of the 2014/15 campaign and Higuain would certainly be another impressive addition.

Although he only joined Napoli from La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer, the 26-year-old has been in good form for his new employers - notching 17 goals and providing his teammates with seven assists during 31 Serie A appearances.

Higuain - who previously scored over 100 times for Real during a six-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu - has no prior Premier League experience, of course, but his impressive stature and consistent eye for goal would surely make him an ideal candidate to succeed in the often uncompromising world of English football.

Whether Chelsea intend to act on their continued interest in Higuain once again this summer remains to be seen.

If they do indeed plan to make another offer, then it would perhaps be smart for Mourinho to move prior to this summer's World Cup, where a good showing from the player on international duty for Argentina could surely see his price increase rather sharply.

Indeed, whether Napoli - who currently sit third in Serie A, 20 points behind leaders and reigning champions Juventus - would be content to do business given that they appeared to demonstrate such a stiff resolve in the face of January interest is unclear and perhaps just a tad doubtful.

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