Chelsea will reportedly cash in on star striker Diego Costa this summer in order to fund a move for Napoli frontman Gonzalo Higuain. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has teased a move to French titans Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Spanish website Fichajes.net, the Blues will sell Costa and other first-team players in order to finance a big-money move for Higuain, who has scored 26 goals in 30 games this season (h/t Metro's Mark Brus).
The speculation is strangely timed considering only recently has Costa enjoyed an upturn in form following a sticky start to the 2015-16 campaign, netting seven times in his last eight Premier League appearances.
That resurgence has coincided with the takeover of interim manager Guus Hiddink, and it appears Jose Mourinho's exit from Stamford Bridge led to the revival of the Costa we were so used to seeing last season.
However, the report claimed Chelsea are still seeking an upgrade in the striker department, and with loan strikers Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato set to leave west London at the end of this season, space will be made available.
Higuain's record this term includes 24 goals from his 25 Serie A appearances, and Saturday's 1-0 loss to Juventus was just the eighth league game this season in which he's failed to score. That miss also led broadcaster Juan Arango to note the player's tendency to go missing in big-game scenarios:
Juan G. Arango @JuanG_Arango
Many people in media will tell you of how great a goalscorer Higuain is, but they never told you his big game woes have affected his career.2/13/2016, 10:28:42 PM
One might therefore question whether the Argentina international would be an improvement on Costa, who has scored important goals to win La Liga with Atletico Madrid before claiming the Premier League at Chelsea.
Costa was seriously out of form at the beginning of this term, but the Spain international has hit back and was recently highlighted by the Premier League as one of its most prolific ever strikers:
Premier League @premierleague
BEST MINS/GOAL (min 15 goals): 108.2 - Aguero 121.8 - Henry 128.2 - V Nistelrooy 130.2 - Chicharito 130.7 - COSTA https://t.co/tKgMUmscYS2/14/2016, 1:45:02 AM
Hazard's lack of production from out wide so far this campaign certainly hasn't helped Costa, however, and the winger's recent comments suggested he could be ready to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Parisien, the former Lille ace told how a move to Parc des Princes would be "hard to say no to," per the Mirror's Ben Burrows: "It’s hard to say no to PSG, as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League. Now PSG are part of this category. And for me, winning the Champions League is the main objective. But for now, I do not dwell on it.”
The two-time Chelsea Player of the Year has seen a torrid downward spiral in attacking form this season and is yet to score in the Premier League, leading to speculation he could leave west London in the summer.
PSG already know the Belgium forward can be a hit in Ligue 1 after he netted 50 goals in 194 games for Lille before leaving in 2012, but his English woes could see him return to France sooner rather than later.
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