Chelsea are looking for significant upgrades this summer and it could see them invest heavily in the attacking third once again.
It’s widely reported that the Blues are ready to turn their back on Spain striker Alvaro Morata after just one season at Stamford Bridge, after he struggled for consistency and, as a result, missed out in his nation’s World Cup selection.
Chelsea reportedly want to go for broke in the market, having already been linked heavily with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and another top-class striker has now been added to the frame.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato state Chelsea are leading the chase for Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain, who’ll cost a reported €70m, as the Serie A champions identify Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi as the ideal replacement in the market.
Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on Higuain but may struggle to finance a deal, with question marks regarding their ability to purchase Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, and the news will provide the Blues with encouragement in the market.
CHELSEA EYE LAURENT BLANC AS ALTERNATIVE TO MAURIZIO SARRI
Chelsea have reportedly held talks with former PSG manager Laurent Blanc as they consider their options to replace Antonio Conte this summer.
The Blues have not officially dismissed Conte yet but it appears almost certain that the Italian will be relieved of his duties as the club’s first-team manager in the near future.
Chelsea are understood to have identified Maurizio Sarri as their first-choice to replace Conte but a deal is proving to be difficult, with the Italian still bound to a release clause within his contract at Napoli despite his recent sacking.
It’s claimed by France Football (via Metro) though that the Blues recently staged a meeting with Blanc to gauge his compatibility with the role at Stamford Bridge, with the club making contingency plans in case their move for Sarri collapses.
According to the French claims, Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia spoke to the ex-PSG man, who has been out of work for two years now following his exit from the Parc des Princes.