Chelsea are lining up an audacious £35 million bid to prise Gonzalo Higuain away from La Liga champions Real Madrid as a replacement for Didier Drogba the Sun reports.
Despite not having a permanent manager in place a Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich is pressing ahead with the clubs summer recruitment drive and has made the prolific Argentinian his prime transfer target. Abramovich is keen to secure a world class striker to replace Drogba who is reportedly unhappy at the Blues and is set to quit at the end of season to link up with former teammate Nicolas Anelka in China.
Should the Russian be successful in his pursuit of Higuain they’d certainly have a striker who knows how to consistently find the back of the net. The former River Plate star bagged 25 goals in 51 games for Madrid this season and contributed eight assists. His overall record stands at 102 goals in 217 games with 35 assists during three-years in Spain.
According to a leading Chelsea source the 24-year-old is exactly the type of player the club needs to fire them back into the Premier League top-four.
“Higuain is top of the shopping list.” the source said.
“He has a phenomenal goalscoring record for Real and for Argentina but he helps make lots of goals too.
“He would be perfect for us, the sort of player who would thrive in the Premier League.”
The chances of Los Merengues boss Jose Mourinho doing business with his former club is high as he ponders a move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero with rumours circulating that he is unsettled at the Etihad Stadium.
Mourinho needs to generate funds before he can even think about making a move for the ex-Atletico Madrid man and is willing to sacrifice Higuain to raise the capital required to bring Aguero to the Bernabeu.