Chelsea are set to make Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain their number one transfer target of the winter as Andre Villas-Boas looks to strengthen his depleted front line according to the Daily Star.
Both Didier Drogba and Saloman Kalou are off to the African Cup of Nations in January and Nicolas Anelka has agreed to a move to China leaving Andre Villas-Boas with misfiring Fernando Torres as his only out-and-out striker. Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda will be available to support the Spaniard but AVB is keen on bringing in a world-class addition to his squad to keep their feint title hopes alive.
It is though that Madrid would be happy to accept a bid in region of £30million for the Argentine striker who has scored a staggering 81 goals in 142 league appearances in the Spanish capital. Jose Mourinho has favoured Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo to play through the middle this season and academy starlet Jose Callejon has impressed ahead of Higuain also.
A source close to the player said: “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 at the weekend 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.”