As Chelsea’s hunt for a striker continues a new candidate has emerged as Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim that a €100 million (£88 million) bid has been made for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain. They say that the Turin club have rejected the offer and are not considering selling the Argentine striker.
Higuain has not before been linked with the Blues so it comes as a surprise but perhaps not as shocking given the quality of Higuain and his form in Italy in the past few seasons. That said, the club may be reluctant to pay such a huge fee for a player who is clearly not their top target.
Another option could be Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the Mirror say that the Gabon international is close to a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are nearing a £65 million deal for the prolific striker, who scored 40 goals in 46 games last season according to the reports.
It could also kick start a round of transfers with Dortmund looking to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to replace him and Diego Costa also likely to leave as soon as a replacement has been secured. Whilst there is no indication of when that could be, the Blues will want to have a deal tied up as soon as possible with the aim of having him signed up for their pre-season tour.
One player who may not be going anywhere is Juventus left-back Alex Sandro as Sky Sports Italia report that the Serie A champions have also rejected Chelsea’s offer for the Brazilian. The improved bid is believed to have been worth €70 million (£61 million) and may have been the club’s final offer.
The former Porto full-back could join Chelsea and compete with Marcos Alonso on the left hand side but that deal could now be in doubt. Chelsea will now have to wait and consider whether or not to make an increased bid for their target.
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