Chelsea and Man City to miss out on PSG target Higuain

Chelsea and Manchester City will have to look elsewhere for striking reinforcements this summer after it emerged Paris-Saint Germain are leading the chase for Gonzalo Higuain.

Sources close to SqueakyBumTime have told us that the Premier League duo have put the Real Madrid striker at the top of their respective transfer hit lists after an impressive campaign at the Bernabeu.

The Argentinian struck 26 times in all competitions as Jose Mourinho’s side beat rivals Barcelona to the La Liga title and came narrowly close to reaching the Champions League final losing on penalties to Bayern Munich in the semis.

But despite leading the Los Merengues forward line with aplomb this season the 24-year-old could be on the move and has attracted serious interest from around the continent.

It was thought newly crowned champions City would be his destination with manager Roberto Mancini desperate to add a proven European goalscorer to his ranks even though he’s already bursting at the seams with quality striking options.

Chelsea are also reportedly courting his signature with Russian owner Roman Abramovich seeking striking reinforcements as he presses ahead with plans for a major squad overhaul at Stamford Bridge with several key names expected to leave.

They’ll have to beat off the overtures of Ligue 1 title challengers PSG who are backed by the wealthy Qatari Investment Authority who are capable of matching both Abramovich and City owners the Abu Dhabi group in the financial stakes.

Carlo Ancelotti has already splashed the cash on big money signings such as Javier Pastore Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta and now wants Higuain to join that elite group at the Parc de Princes.

It’s expected that the bid of ¬£30 million will be enough to prise the striker away from Spain with Mourinho keen to ensure he has sufficient funds to sign a replacement.

Should they fail to win the battle for his services Chelsea will move for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani whilst City will target Arsenal hit man Robin Van Persie.