Benitez to beat Chelsea to signing of £30 million striker - report

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Chelsea had been rumoured to be in for the signing of Mario Gomez but it appears former boss Rafa Benitez will be acquiring his services instead.

When Jose Mourinho arrives at Chelsea, one of his biggest priorities will be to sign a game-changing striker.

And that means a prolific hitman capable of scoring 30 goals a season and leading the attack.

One of the names on the club's list of possible buys is Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez, a recent treble winner with the German giants.

Injury has restricted him to 'only' 19 goals this season, but in 2011/12 he struck a phenomenal 41 goals for his club.

He has fallen behind Mario Mandzukic this season, and with Robert Lewandowski rumoured to be heading to the Allianz Arena, it would appear that Gomez' days at the club are numbered.

This has been confirmed by German newspaper Bild who are reporting this evening that the decision has been made that he will leave the club.

And his likely destination is not rumoured to be Chelsea, but in fact Napoli.

Bild report that the Italian side are in advanced negotiations with the striker, and hopeful of closing a deal.

They add that the 27-year-old is expected to agree a three-year contract.

It's potentially a big coup for new manager Rafa Benitez, who has just arrived at Napoli after a spell at Chelsea as interim manager where he won the Europa League.

If Chelsea really were considering a move for the German, Benitez will be glad to have tied up the deal before Jose Mourinho's official arrival as boss.

But all of this could actually be positive news for Chelsea, if they are fortunate.

For Gomez' arrival in Italy is a big indication that Edinson Cavani is likely to be sold, an replacement for the Uruguayan rather than a partner.

Chelsea aren't the only potential beneficiaries of that news, with Manchester City also hopeful of landing the striker - and perhaps more likely after his comments he wants to move to Spain, Real Madrid.

What we do know, is that the top strikers are quickly being bought up and Chelsea will have to make their move soon.



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