Premier League champions Chelsea have submitted a record breaking €100 million (£88m) bid to Juventus in an attempt to sign Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.
Chelsea need new striker
The Blues were left frustrated in the ongoing transfer window after missing out on Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian decided to move to rivals Manchester United. The rift between Antonio Conte and Diego Costa meant the Spaniard will not feature for the club next season as he might make a move in the coming days.
However, according to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, Chelsea have approached Juventus 10 days ago in an attempt to sign Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain.
The Blues were also ready to break their bank as they were willing to pay a massive €100 million (£88m) bid to lure their Italian counterparts to force the transfer. However, Juve’s club’s director Beppe Marotta has rejected the bid as he has once again made it clear that Higuain is not up for sale.
The 28-year old is one of the best strikers in the world and had moved to Turin only last summer in a record €90m (£75.3m) transfer from rivals Napoli. He holds the record for fourth expensive transfer of all time after Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
He had a wonderful debut season with Juventus having managed to score an impressive 32 goals in 55 appearances for the club. In the process, he had managed to win the league-cup double in Italy but failed to win the Champions League after losing to Real Madrid in the finals.
Alteration in plans for Chelsea
After facing a blow in their Higuain pursuit, Chelsea are set to continue their search to sign a top class striker who can replace the class of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are being linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the coming days.
The Gabon international is a world class striker and managed an incredible 40 goals for the German club across all competitions. However, he will not come for any cheap price with Dortmund demanding £65m to let him leave this summer.