Chelsea are plotting a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain in January to replace their struggling striker Diego Costa.
Diego Costa has been one of the biggest contributor for Chelsea’s disappointing campaign this season and has only two Premier League goals to his name so far.
The Blues are worried by the the Spanish international’s lack of goal this season and are desperate to find a replacement when the transfer window re-opens in January.
The ex-Real Madrid forward Higuain, is in terrific form this season for Napoli and has already bagged 11 goals in 15 matches in all competitions and this has alerted the scouts at the Stamford Bridge.
Even though the Blues want to sign him in January, it is unlikely that the Napoli hierarchy will let him leave in the middle of the season.
With Radamel Falcao injured and struggling for form; Loic Remy looking nowhere near a world class goal-scorer, Costa is left with no real competition for his place in the squad.
The 27-year old Argentina international is one of the prime targets for the Blues, but the realistic chances of signing him may be only at the end of the current season.
Higuain has scored 9 goals in 12 matches for Napoli this season and his team is currently fourth in the Serie A table, just 2 points behind league leaders Fiorentina. But the Italians want to hold on the star striker as they are well aware that their team has a good chance of mounting a title challenge this season, if not, qualify for the Champions League for the next season.
Whether a replacement is brought in or not at this time, Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea look uncertain. The striker who was sensational in his debut season has just become a mere shadow of what he used to be. His poor form for national team together with his bad boy attitude has not helped him in the course.
Meanwhile, uncertainty mounts over the future of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea hierarchy has so far refused to sack him but it has been revealed that talks are going on with potential replacement.
As things stand, Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola tops the short-list, but both of them won’t be available before the end of the current season.
In that case, the likes of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers or ex-Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti or Guss Hiddink could be brought in on interim roles.