Chelsea have been installed as favourites to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain after it was reported that the Premier League champions made an £88million bid for the forward.
Having missed out on Romelu Lukaku and seen Alvaro Morata pledge his future to Real Madrid, Antonio Conte is desperate to sign a forward to replace Diego Costa, after informing the Spanish striker that he is no longer part of his plans at Stamford Bridge.
According to Tuttosport, Chelsea’s €100m (£88m) offer for Higuain was made to the Serie A champions but the club’s director Beppe Marotta rejected the bid outright and informed the Blues that the 29-year-old will not be sold.
Higuain is the fourth most-expensive signing of all time after Juventus paid €90m (£75.3m) to sign him from Napoli last summer.
In his first season in Turin, the Argentina international scored 32 goals in 55 games, helping the club win Serie A, the Coppa Italia and reach the final of the Champions League where they were beaten by Real Madrid.
Skybet have slashed odds on Higuain to move to Chelsea to 5/2, with PSG a distant second favourite at 33/1. The striker is 2/7 to stay in Turin this summer.
Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is odds on at 5/6 to make the switch to West London after reports claimed that the Blues are in pole position to seal a £65m deal.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive, has told Welt am Sonntag that time is running out for clubs who want to purchase the 28-year-old.
Watzke said: “We have not received any offers for the player. We will wait a few more days, but not for much longer than that.
“Personally, I’d be happy if Pierre were to remain. Obviously there are clubs in the world where Aubameyang could earn more than he does here.”