Report: Antonio Conte confident of luring Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea

Gonzalo Higuain Argentina

Higuain has been in fine form for Napoli this season in Serie A.

Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident of doing a £45 million deal to bring Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge in the summer, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

Higuain has been in fine form in Serie A this season, having found the net on 34 occasions from 40 appearances in all competitions this term.

The report suggests the Argentine could replace Diego Costa at the club, who is said to be tempted by a move to the Chinese Super League.

Higuain is a different type of striker. Although he may not have the temper that Costa has, he can still be a fiery customer that can really get himself up for games.

The 28-year-old's form this season shows that he could be one of the more feared strikers in the league if he made the switch from Italy - although there will be the inevitable questions from some about how he adapts to the league.

Conte will certainly know the striker pretty well as Higuain has been leading the line for Napoli 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 term. 

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