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Napoli striker shunned Chelsea bid this winter

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Napoli's Gonzalo Higuaín has been linked with a Chelsea transfer for quite some time, with the latest rumours of a potential move to the Bridge popping up in November. According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea were quite close to signing the 26-goal striker in the last transfer window.

Chelsea were willing to offer in-excess of £40million to land the former Real Madrid striker last month. However, Guus Hiddink was unwilling to assure Higuaín he would start ahead of Diego Costa, ultimately ending Chelsea's hopes of landing the striker.

-source: Daily Mail

The Mail also reports that Chelsea approached at least six other strikers and their clubs in the January transfer window, but those bids were rejected as well. In the end, we ended up signing Brazilian attacker Alexandre Pato, who hasn't played as a centre-forward for several months.

While Costa is certainly picking up his goalscoring form under Guus Hiddink, it's hard not to look at Higuaín's record and wonder how he couldn't improve our attacking options not only this season but beyond. Then again with Costa still in the sights of his former club Atlético Madrid, it wouldn't be too shocking if Chelsea made another approach for the Argentinian in the summer.

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