Bournemouth slap huge fee on Chelsea transfer target Callum Wilson

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AFC Bournemouth want £75 million if they are to part with star striker Callum Wilson – a target for Chelsea and others – this month, according to reports. 

Chelsea have been rumoured to be keen on signing the England international for some time, but this price tag indicates the Cherries’ desire to hold onto their prized asset.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wants a striker having apparently lost patience with the misfiring Alvaro Morata. He also doesn’t want Michy Batshuayi, who looks to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this month.

Wilson has scored 10 Premier League goals so far this term, and would be the sort of target man Chelsea need. Sarri has used Eden Hazard through the Middle recently but that is not his most effective position.

It is thought Chelsea are prepared to go up to £50 million to secure the former Coventry City man. Whether they would go any higher is not known.

Chelsea do have other options, such as a initial loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain, who is currently playing for AC Milan.

Bournemouth appeared to sign a replacement for Wilson when they paid Liverpool £19 million for Dominic Solanke earlier this month, but he is out injured until February. This may mean they stall on any deal until towards the end of the window.