Chelsea join Arsenal in £40m race to sign 29-goal Argentina striker

Chelsea have joined the race to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Higuain has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stadio San Paolo in recent weeks, with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United all monitoring the Argentina international.

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But the competition is set to heat up with the addition of Premier League champions Chelsea, who are trying to find an adequate replacement for departing legend Didier Drogba.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho has also previously worked with Higuain during their time at Real Madrid, before the player was sold to Napoli in the summer of 2013.

The 27-year-old has had a rather successful two year spell with the Partenopei, scoring a respectable 51 goals in 98 apperances.

However, with club manager Rafa Benitez leaving to Real Madrid and Napoli failing to qualify for the Champions League, Higuain, along with other senior players, are unsure over their immediate future.

Napoli have slapped a £40million price tag on Higuain, who scored 29 goals in 58 games in all competitions last season.