This season has not even concluded yet, but reports suggest that Chelsea are already planning for next year.
Incoming manager Antonio Conte does not take charge ar Stamford Bridge until July, but he already has his eyes on a number of targets to bring with him to his new club.
The Mirror are today reporting that one of said targets is Napoli striker Gonazlo Higuaín.
The 28 year old has been in lethal form for Napoli this season – topping the Serie A scoring table with 32 goals in 33 games – and Conte is confident that a deal can be done to bring the Argentina international to London. The new manager has made Higuaín one of his top priorities for the summer and is satisfied that the player would welcome the move.
Napoli, meanwhile, would ideally like Higuaín to stay and play a key role in their Champions League campaign next year, but the prospect of collecting €57m – a profit of €17m from when they signed him from Real Madrid three years ago – may be too tempting to pass up.
Where the acquisition of Higuaín would leave current first choice striker Diego Costa is unclear. Although forwards Radamel Falcao, Alexandre Pato and Loïc Rémy are all set to leave the club, the arrival of a £45million striker would still suggest that Diego Costa may move on.
He is reportedly unhappy at Chelsea and would ideally like a return to former club Atlético Madrid, and while that feeling is mutual there are question marks over whether the Champions League finalists could afford the Spanish international.
Diego Costa also has offers from the Chinese Super League – though he would surely only consider that avenue if he was sufficiently desperate to leave Chelsea.
Another player expected to arrive at the club this summer is Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, with club teammates Kostas Manolas and Antonio Rudiger also on Conte’s radar.