'Love of fans' in 'amazing' city - £48m Chelsea striker target surely not on the move

Gonzalo Higuain has been gushing about Naples and his club Napoli ... pouring more cold water on a rumoured Chelsea move.

It was certainly a more sensational piece of transfer rumouring - as Chelsea found themselves linked with Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.

It was reported that Jose Mourinho - who worked with the goalscoring centre forward at Real Madrid - was keen on attempting to snap him up in January.

The Blues have problems up top - as their three front-line striking options continue to underperform in front of goal.

And Higuain, who has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances since arriving in Italy, would have been the perfect solution to their problems - and was reportedly rumoured to be available at a price of £48 million.

Obviously it was always a shot in the dark. Higuain only signed for Napoli for £34.5 million in July this year - so selling him on would always be a long-shot. However, with Napoli crashing out the Champions League it was reported possible.

Yesterday rumours abounded that Higuain had politely told Mourinho thanks but no thanks - well reading a report in Argentine paper Olé today should really end all speculation.

He was speaking about his first six months in Italy - and gushed about the city of Naples and the impassioned Neapolitan fan-base that have taken him in like one of their own:

"Naples? Is a busy city. It's amazing, football comes first and then everything else. For me, I love this sport, it is a beautiful place to live because of this, for better or for worse. Thank God I was immediately showed great love and was made to feel very at ease” he stated.

“Certainly, the social life is more complicated because you do not have the ease to move quietly that there is in other cities, but Napoli gives you other things, the love of fans for example. Neapolitans are passionate to the extreme and I love this…the Neapolitans are similar to us [Argentines] as people. Moreover Diego [Maradona] is in their hearts and Argentina will always have a special affection."

Now that does not sound like a man unhappy at his current location. The fact is, we always knew this transfer speculation was rarely anything else - and this latest report confirms no desire on Higuain’s part to become a Chelsea player.

Naples loves Higuain, and Higuain loves Naples - and to be honest they are a match made in heaven.

Chelsea will have to consider other options.

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