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Exclusive: Chelsea In Talks to Complete £22m Serie A Striker Signing Next Summer

Stamford Bridge boss wants Napoli striker to boost attack for 2015/16.

Chelsea have set their sights on Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain with the Argentine seen by Blues boss Jose Mourinho as the ideal player to boost his attack next summer.

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With Didier Drogba clearly only a short term option and having sold Demba Ba and loaned out Fernando Torres the west London club opted to bring in Frenchman Loic Remy to boost their front-line but Mourinho is already planning ahead for 2015/16 and will use Napoli’s financial predicament as the basis of a bid for his former Real Madrid charge.

Napoli’s failure to secure a spot in the Champions League group stages, coupled with a poor start to the Serie A season, has led to speculation as to Higuain’s future at the San Paolo and Chelsea will make a £22m offer for the Argentine, a move Mourinho will be confident of pulling off if Rafa Benitez’s side do not see a marked improvement in form.

Mourinho feels his side needs three, preferably four, top striking options in order to fight for major honours on multiple fronts and feels Higuain would be an ideal addition to his squad.

Higuain spent six and a half seasons at the Bernabeu before moving to Naples, netting 122 goals in 264 appearances for Real Madrid, and has been a regular goal-scorer in Italy with 26 year old scoring 24 goals in his debut season.

Jose Mourinho may feel that the addition of Higuain would better challenge top-scorer Diego Costa, with Remy being seen more as a back-up option.

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