CHELSEA are ready to make a £35million summer swoop for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.
Roman Abramovich’s Blues are lining up the Argentina striker to replace Didier Drogba who is set to quit this summer.
And Madrid could be willing to do business as boss Jose Mourinho wants Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero at the Bernabeu next season.
So selling Higuain would help raise some of the money needed to try to capture the unsettled City hero.
A top Chelsea source revealed: “Higuain is top of the shopping list.
“He has a phenomenal goalscoring record for Real and for Argentina but he helps make lots of goals too.
“He would be perfect for us, the sort of player who would thrive in the Premier League.”
Higuain’s strike record is impressive. He has scored 25 goals in 51 games this season with eight assists.
And in his three seasons in Spain he has netted 102 times in just 217 outings, with 35 assists.
Higuain scored a hat-trick in Argentina’s 4–1 win over South Korea in the 2010 World Cup finals.
He was the first player to score a hat-trick in the tournament since 2002.