Arsenal target is Chelsea’s plan B

José Mourinho has repeatedly claimed that he is keen to sign Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, with Chelsea seeing a bid for the player rejected earlier this week. David Moyes insists that Rooney is not for sale, although it is believed the club would accept a large offer from abroad for the striker, but will not sell to a Premier League rival.

Mourinho claimed it was Rooney or no one, but it has been reported that Chelsea haven’t ruled out a bid for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuaín, who Arsenal have been interested in for some time. With discussions taking their time, the North London club have turned their attention to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

“Mourinho wants me there,” Higuain is quoted as saying by AS today.

It is no secret that Higuaín’s other alternative is Napoli, whose club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has revealed his interest in the Argentine striker and, according to Thursday’s edition of ‘Corriere dello Sport’, the club is preparing a €30-million bid after the sale of Cavani to PSG for €64 million.