Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett has revealed that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is ready to pay £50m for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson if a move for Gonzalo Higuain fails to materialise.
The Italian manager is seriously looking to sign a new striker this month with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling to score goals for the London side.
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According to recent reports, Morata is considering the Stamford Bridge exit in this January transfer window with Atletico Madrid interested in his services.
And Dorsett claims Sarri wants Higuain to join Chelsea ahead of Wilson as the Blues want to make a big challenge on Premier League title this season.
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“We’ve got confirmation that Maurizio Sarri wants Gonzalo Higuain,” he told Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre Extra.
“If he doesn’t get Higuain, he’s prepared to spend £50m to get Callum Wilson from Bournemouth, so suddenly two huge stories land at the same time on a day Chelsea are absolutely all over the transfer centre anyway.”
“The thing to say is, if you get Gonzalo Higuain in the Premier League, boy it’d be fantastic to see him here wouldn’t it?”
“Whoever he plays for, he’d be a real addition to the Premier League and we know that Sarri’s a massive fan of him.”
Wilson has scored 10 goals in 18 games for Bournemouth so far this season; while Morata and Giroud have scored a mere 14 goals between them this term.
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Dorsett added: “You’ve got a situation where I’m sure Bournemouth are working up a Plan B, a Plan C for if a silly offer comes in for Callum Wilson and they have to let him go.”
“They don’t have to let him go of course, but if it’s a big-money offer, for a club like Bournemouth the higher that fee gets the more difficult it gets for them to turn it down.”
“But £50m for Callum Wilson. Is that enough? It’s a lot of money, it’s a heck of a lot of money.”
“It’s more than you’re talking about for Higuain because Higuain will cost £32m if Chelsea get him in the summer.”
“It would be a loan deal we understand and then a permanent deal in the summer. So seriously, you’re talking such huge numbers, big players, big clubs and it just feels like the transfer window’s starting to kick in.”