Portuguese media report that Chelsea are considering the surprise signing of a prolific striker long linked with Arsenal.
Chelsea are considering a sensational swoop to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to Portuguese publication A Bola.
The Argentina international only moved to Naples at the end of July after a summer in which he was heavily linked with Arsenal, but has settled well at the Serie A giants and has given no indication he is unhappy.
Napoli are very much in contention for the Scudetto with AS Roma and Juventus, and Higuain’s eight goals in 13 Serie A starts have been a key element in their competitiveness.
As yet, the only setback in Higuain’s Napoli career is the team’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League – with Arsenal progressing in their stead, incidentally.
However, the 26 year-old has an established relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with both players having left Real Madrid this year, and given the paucity of quality options up front for the Stamford Bridge side, a reunion could be on the cards.
Napoli haven’t won a domestic league title since 1990, and last claimed a European trophy in 1989 – despite a remarkable comeback from bankruptcy in 2004.
In contrast, Chelsea claimed the Premier League title in 2010, UEFA Champions League in 2012, and UEFA Europa League in May 2013, and it is that consistent flow of trophies that makes the Blues such an attractive proposition for any player.