Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Real Madrid striker Higuain to replace Drogba
Chelsea want Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain to replace Didier Drogba according to reports in Spain. The 23-year-old Argentine has been in scintillating form in La Liga this season, and has earned rave reviews for his performances under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu. Spanish daily newspaper Sport is suggesting that Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is preparing an offer for Higuain under the advice of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who wants the player to spearhead the club's new-look attack. After signing a new deal in Madrid last summer, the South American star is under contract until 2016 - meaning Chelsea will need to break the bank in order to land the striker.
Having spent £50m on the signing of Fernando Torres in January, Abramovich could be forgiven for being reluctant to spend big again, but as a known admirer of Higuain he is reportedly open to negotiations. As for Drogba, the Ivorian international has enjoyed a memorable career in west London, but question marks have been raised over his ability to reproduce the form which made him one of the best strikers in the Barclays Premier League. Entering into the final 18 months of his Chelsea contract, Drogba is yet to pledge his long-term future to Stamford Bridge, although negotiations are said to be ongoing.