Chelsea Prepare £25m Opening Offer for Real Madrid Striker

Stamford Bridge side target Bernabeu forward.

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Chelsea are reportedly ready to make a significant offer for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain as the Stamford Bridge side look to supplement their relatively threadbare attacking options.

The West London side have targeted the Argentine international as their interest in Atletico Madrid goal machine Radamel Falcao appears to have hit the buffers with the Colombian stating his intention to remain at the Vicente Calderon until at least the summer.

This has left Roman Abramovich having to consider his options. With Chelsea out of the Champions League there is some scope for the Russian to hold off efforts to land big name signings this month and to look to seal such deals in the summer, however the billionaire owner still holds faint hope of a Premier League title push and is therefore ready to finance moves to bring in a star striker in January.

Higuain is near to full fitness and ready for action again having spent a couple of months out with injury but the 25 year old has never been assured of a regular spot in Real Madrid’s first team, even less so during Jose Mourinho’s reign, and the French born forward could therefore be interested in a potential move to the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez has given his seal of approval to such a move and Abramovich is said to be ready to make an opening offer of £25m for Higuain and will hope that such a sum could tempt Mourinho into selling. Real Madrid could well be in need of some funds as they look to freshen up a squad that has fallen some 16 points off arch rivals Barcelona in the La Liga title hunt.

The Bernabeu side must also look to pull out all the stops with a new contract offer to appease supposedly unhappy attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and therefore funds from such a sale could come in handy.

Higuain has had to share first team duties with Karim Benzema and with talk of possible new signings on their way to Real Madrid the former River Plate man may welcome interest from Chelsea.

Gonzalo Higuain has scored a total of 111 goals in 235 appearances for Real Madrid since his move to Spain in January 2007, a very healthy strike rate when you consider a huge portion of those appearances came from the bench.

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