Report: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho keen on 28-goal Serie A striker
Chelsea are reportedly set to bid £30 million for the services of Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, if reports from The Sun are deemed true.
The 27-year-old worked under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and recent speculation suggests that the Blues boss is keen on bringing him to Stamford Bridge. However, the Portuguese head coach will have to fight off Juventus if he wants his man.
Higuain scored 28 goals as he made 51 appearances in all competitions last season. He played a major role in Napoli’s progression to the semi-finals of the Europe league, scoring on seven occasions, while his 18 strikes in the league proved vital to the Italian outfit’s fifth place finish.
Loic Remy looks ready to leave in search of first team football, while club legend Didier Drogba has now departed. This leaves last season’s top scorer Diego Costa, who is known for his injuries, and youngster Patrick Bamford, as the only players capable of leading the line at the Bridge.
Mourinho has already confirmed that Chelsea are in the market for a striker – “We have to buy a striker because we want to have three strikers of a good level.” If three is the target, then we could actually see two new front-men arrive over the summer window, with Bamford expected to leave on loan.
Considering Napoli missed out on Champions League football this term, Higuain will be keen to play for a team in Europe’s elite competition next term. Ultimately, the Argentine’s relationship with Mourinho could see this deal materialise.