Chelsea open talks with club for transfer of £53.5million star to replace flop duo

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Chelsea have reportedly made their first contact with Juventus for the transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain as they look to strengthen up front this summer.

The Blues look in dire need of some upgrades in attack ahead of next season if they are to make up for last year’s poor campaign that saw them miss out on Champions League football by finishing 5th in the Premier League.

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Chelsea have been strongly linked with Higuain for much of the summer, with Tuttosport recently suggesting a £53.5million deal was close to completion.

While it may be that things are not quite that far along, the latest from Gianluca Di Marzio is that the west London giants have been in touch with Juve about signing the Argentina international.

The Italian source adds that Higuain, 30, is looking likely to leave Turin, which makes sense given the increased competition for places in their attack after the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Gonzalo Higuain could leave Juventus for a transfer to Chelsea

Finally, Di Marzio states that Chelsea may have to sell players before landing Higuain, and Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi are mentioned as likely candidates for the exit door.

Both strikers have flopped in English football and there seems little doubt Higuain would be a major upgrade in that all-important centre-forward role.

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