Chelsea in advanced talks for Costa replacement as Conte steps up transfer plans

According to reports from AS, Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain as a replacement for Diego Costa.

The Spain international has bagged 36 goals in 77 appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge in summer 2014, firing the Blues to last season’s Premier League title, but AS claim he’s never truly settled in west London.

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Likewise, Atletico Madrid’s hopes of re-signing a striker who epitomises Diego Simeone’s fighting spirit is no great secret and the Spanish publication document their hopes of doing so once again.

And it is further claimed that Chelsea are already lining up the 6 foot 2 front-man’s replacement in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who boasts a potent 35 goals across all competitions so far this season.

The Argentina international is likely to set the Blues back somewhere in the region of €48million and talks over a summer transfer to Stamford Bridge are reportedly already at an advanced stage.