According to the Daily Mirror, incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident of signing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for £45m (€57m) this summer.
Higuain has been brilliant for Napoli this season, scoring 34 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions, and almost single handily taking Napoli to a top three finish this season.
At first glance, €57m seems low for one of the hottest strikers in Europe, but Higuain has only one year left on his contract, which will limit what Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis can ask for as he will want to avoid letting Higuain go on a free transfer at the end of the 2016/17 season.
With the future of Diego Costa very much in doubt at Chelsea, Conte needs a to sign a top striker this summer. Conte is very familiar with Higuain, who has been playing for Partenopei for three seasons now, given the current Italy boss was managing in the division when the Argentine first arrived in Italy from Real Madrid, and the amount of Serie A games Conte inevitably has to watch as part of his current role.
It looks as though the new Chelsea boss wants to add more firepower to his side as part of the changes he is going to make this summer, in order for the Blues to improve on what has been a very poor campaign this season.
Chelsea could have a strong Serie A influence next season as Chelsea are also expected to sign Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan this summer.
But their hopes of signing Roma defender Kostas Manolas, also a target for Arsenal, are in the balance as if Roma sell this summer they will have to pay his former club Olympiacos a huge sell-on which reduces next summer.