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Chelsea to move for Higuain as African Cup of Nations approaches

| 15.12.2011

With Nicolas Anelka set to join Shanghai Shenhua, and Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou away on international duty in January, Chelsea’s attacking options will be severely limited.

Only an out-of-form Fernando Torres, along with Daniel Sturridge, who has more often been employed in a wide role, will make up the forwards at Andre Villas-Boas’ disposal.

The Portuguese boss is reportedly set to change that though, with a move for Real Madrid’s lethal striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Still only 24, Higuain would fit the bill of the type of player Villas-Boas is looking to bring in to complement the fresh model of younger talent he wishes to build at Stamford Bridge.

Frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities of late, the Argentinian striker would likely welcome the interest from abroad, and could have a decision to make between Chelsea and oil-rich PSG as the French club have also declared an intention to sign the player.

As the 24-year-old averages over a goal every two games for both club and country, it is understandable that he would command a transfer fee in the region of £30million.

Whilst that shouldn’t prove a stumbling block for Roman Abramovich and Chelsea, their position could be strengthened by the proposed exit of Spanish striker Fernando Torres from the club.

Villas-Boas has lost patience in trying to persevere with a man who has hit only five goals in all competitions since a £50million switch last January, and looks set to cut his losses with a £20million deal.

The departure of Didier Drogba from the club is also being touted as a possibility, with Shanghai Shenhua eager to team him up with former strike partner Nicolas Anelka, and LA Galaxy also keen to bring him in as a marketing commodity to fill the void left by David Beckham’s imminent parting from the club.



John Klee