Juventus want Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea face fight for Higuain as Juventus plot 24m summer move

Chelsea”s hopes of signing Real Madrid”s Gonzalo Higuain as the long-term successor to Didier Drogba have hit a snag with the striker also a target for Juventus.

The Argentina international has slipped behind France star Karim Benzema in the eyes of Jose Mourinho, and is likely to end his six-year stint in Spain next summer.

However Chelsea had been keen to swoop in ahead of Serie A leaders Juve who need the assurance of Champions League football before they can formally launch their 24million bid, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.

Hot shot: Real Madrid

Hot shot: Real Madrid”s Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain

The Blues have already lost Nicolas Anelka, and will be without Drogba for much of January due to the African Cup of Nations, while Fernando Torres remains woefully short of form.

And while Higuain would be unable to play in Europe, Andre Villas-Boas believes the 24-year-old is just the man to keep Chelsea firing on all cylinders domestically.

Earlier this month a source told the Daily Star: “Higuain is unhappy at being left out all of the time. He wants to fight for the title but was on the bench against Barcelona … when Real lost 3-1 and he knows where his place is now. He would be interested in what people have to say to him.”

Paris Saint-Germain and his former club River Plate are also considering a move.