MAURIZIO SARRI is reportedly vying to bring Juventus star Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge this week.
The Chelsea boss is desperate to link up with his former Napoli marksman in West London as he looks to bolster his attack ahead of the new season.
According to Corriere dello Sport journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Sarri is pushing the board to get the deal over the line as quick as possible.
But they are also believed to face stiff competition from the Old Lady’s Serie A rivals AC Milan, who have made contact with the player’s representative.
He tweeted: “Sarri is strictly pushing Chelsea in order to get Higuain asap.
“At the same time Milan get in touch with Higuain’s brother (Pipita’s manager).”
It has been reported that Higuain, 31, has been deemed as surplus to requirements in Turin after Massimiliano Allegri signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
Higuain flourished under Sarri during their only season together at the Stadio San Paolo – banging in 38 goals in 42 games in all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign.
And with questions marks still remaining over Alvaro Morata, the 59-year-old is keen to add some firepower to his front line as Chelsea target their sixth Premier League crown.
SunSport previously claimed that the FA Cup holders could offer Juve £89m to land Higuain and team-mate Daniele Rugani.
It could be a hectic week for Chelsea, with the club believed to be closing in on the signing of Pepe Reina – despite the goalkeeper only joining Milan last week.
While they are also holding out for £70m for winger Willian, after Barcelona had a third bid of £55m recently turned down.