CHELSEA are willing to pay £50m for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson this month, but could land a cheaper alternative in the summer.
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a new striker this month with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to convince Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri’s No 1 target remains AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who he worked with during their time together at Napoli.
However, getting a deal over the line is proving difficult with Higuain on loan from Juventus, meaning Chelsea must seek approval from both Serie A clubs.
That’s led to interest in Bournemouth’s Wilson, who has nine league goals to his name this term.
And Dorsett has shed light on the situation, claiming Chelsea will either splash £50m on Wilson this month if they can’t get Higuain or they could wait until the end of the season where the Argentine would be available for around £32m in the summer.
“If he doesn’t get Higuain, he’s willing to spend £50million on getting Callum Wilson from Bournemouth,” Dorsett said.
“The thing to say is if he gets Gonzalo Higuain in the Premier League, boy he’d be fantastic to see here whoever he plays for.
“He’d be a really good addition to the Premier League and we know Sarri’s a big fan of his. That money would then go over to Italy.
“If Bournemouth had that sort of cash, what would they do with it?
“Is [Dominic] Solanke enough? No. They’ve just let Jermain Defoe go and they want another striker.
“I’m sure we’re in a situation where Bournemouth have come up with a Plan B and a Plan C for if a silly offer comes in for Callum Wilson, and they have to let him go.
“If it’s a big money offer for a club like Bournemouth, the higher it goes the harder it is to turn down.
“Is £50million 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 Gonzalo Higuain who I think will cost £32m if they get him in the summer.
“You are talking such huge numbers with big players and big clubs, it feels like the transfer window is just starting to kick in.”