Chelsea have tabled an £88million bid for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.
The Blues are desperate to find a replacement for Diego Costa, after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, who headed to Manchester United.
And according to Tuttosport, Antonio Conte looks determined to bag the former Napoli striker, who only moved to Turin last summer.
Bizarrely, Juve have just sold Leonardo Bonucci to Serie A rivals AC Milan for £35m after the Italy international reportedly fell out with Max Allegri.
But that might stop Juve weakening their squad any further, with the Champions League finalists yet to sign anyone this summer.
And Conte is keen to strengthen his forward line, with the added complication of European football thrown in to their Premier League title defence.
An £88m bid surely shows Blues sporting director Michael Emenalo means business.
Tuttosport claim that Chelsea made an approach for Higuain 10 days ago, with both United and the Blues having trouble prizing Alvaro Morata away from Real Madrid.
SunSport have also reported that the club are interested in landing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
Conte is expected to land Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for just under £40m.
Nemanja Matic is also set to leave Stamford Bridge after sitting out pre-season training alongside Costa.
The Premier League champions are due to play Arsenal in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on July 22.
Gonzalo Higuain factfile
- Born in Brest, France on December 10, 1987.
- Gonzalo is the son of Argentine defender Jorge Higuain, who played for Boca Juniors, Brest and River Plate.
- Higauin played for River Plate’s youth set-up and made his debut against Gimnasia y Esgrima in May 2005.
- He scored his first goal for the Buenos Aires club in a 3-1 victory over Banfield in February 2006.
- He then scored a brace in the Superclasico derby against Boca Juniors in October 2006, ending the season on 10 goals in 17 matches.
- Higuain signed for Real Madrid in December 2006, for €12million – or £17.8m at the time.
- Netted his first goal for Los Blancos in the Madrid derby against Atletico, scoring an equaliser at the Vicente Calderon in a 1-1 draw.
- Played second fiddle to Ruud van Nistelrooy until 2008-09 season when he ended the season with 22 goals.
- The next season he bagged 27 league goals, more than new man Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Left Real for Napoli in July 2013, despite Arsenal being heavily linked to the striker.
- Hit 71 goals in 94 league games for Napoli, and 18 in the Champions League during a three-year spell before a controversial move to Juventus.
- Juve signed Higuain for £71m and he scored 32 goals in all competitions as the Old Lady made it to the Champions League final, where they lost to Real Madrid 4-1.