Chelsea consider Gonzalo Higuain as Diego Costa replacement

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Diego Costa is facing a massive fight on his hands if he is to salvage his Chelsea career with Jose Mourinho already looking for alternative options in the transfer market.

Although none of Chelsea's falling stars have impressed this season, Costa's bad-boy antics, coupled with a pitiful goal-scoring return, has seen him labelled as one of the biggest disappointments in what has been an unprecedented start to a Premier League season.

Not only that, but the summer addition of Radamel Falcao appears to have been something of a joke. The Colombian has shown no more than he did whilst at Manchester United last season, and it seems Mourinho's gamble has already failed.


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As a result, the Mirror claim Mourinho is targeting a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has been in red-hot form in Serie A so far this season. Nine goals in 12 games sees him leading the race for the Golden Boot and has also alerted Chelsea scouts.

The 27-year-old held a decent relationship with Mourinho whilst the pair were at Real Madrid. Higuain was granted a share of the goal-scoring duties alongside Karim Benzema and bagged 48 La Liga goals in the three seasons they spent together.

Not leaving Naples

Higuain is one of very few recognised strikers currently playing for a team outside of the Champions League. However, a January move looks off the cards as the Argentinian has already featured in this season's Europa League, making him ineligible to play in Europe if he does move clubs.

They are also only two points off top spot in Serie A and have a decent shot at claiming the title. Needless to say, it will take a huge bid to convince the Naples outfit to sell.

Unhappy in London

The arrival of Higuain will surely spell the end for Costa, who himself has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid. The rumours that he is unhappy in London seemed trivial when he was scoring for fun last season, but having scored just two so far in the current campaign, those claims are starting to hold a lot more credibility.

One thing is for sure, Diego. The answer to your woes does not lie at the bottom of that bucket of ice cream.

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