They have moved ahead of another European giants
Chelsea are looking to bolster their side this summer after an underwhelming campaign last season. They finished fifth in the Premiere League though ended the season positively, winning the FA cup final against Manchester United.
They confirmed Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach on Saturday. He has signed a three-year deal with the Stamford Bridge side and will replace Antonio Conte, who was sacked on Friday.
The Italian side’s midfielder Jorginho has also completed a move to the Premier League giants, signing a five-year deal with the club for a fee around £57 million and he is their first summer signing. He snubbed the chance to join Manchester City and will follow his former manager to the Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League giants have been behind in the transfer window in comparison to other Premiere League clubs but with the arrival of the Italian midfielder it is believed that it will finally kickstart their transfer plans.
The Blue’s have prioritized signing a striker this summer as Alvaro Morato is expected to leave the club after an underwhelming debut campaign last season. Juventus star Gonzalo Higuain has been heavily tipped to join them over the past few weeks.
The Argentina International joined the Serie A giants from Napoli for a fee of €90 million paid in two installments in 2016 and has been a regular for the club.
The 30 year old was a crucial player for the Italian side last season, scoring 23 goals and assisting 7 in 50 appearances and helped his team to win their 7th consecutive Serie A title.
However, the Turin side are willing to sell him a they have secured the signing of Portugal Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine also wants to leave as he is reportedly annoyed at the club for forcing him to leave.
AC Milan also joined the chase in pursuit of the striker as they are keen to bolster their side this summer. They looked in pole position to bring him to San Siro having offered him a contract worth £80,000 per week.
Chelsea have moved ahead of AC Milan in the race to sign Higuain, according to the Sunday Mirror.
They are willing to pay former Real Madrid ace around £120,000 per week and are now close to completing a £90 million move to sign both the forward and team-mate Daniele Rugani.