Boss ready to go up against former side to land one of European football’s most in-form strikers

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has reportedly demanded Chelsea hijack Tottenham’s £35million move for Feyenoord star Santiago Gimenez.

The Mexico striker netted 23 goals in all competitions last term as his side cruised to the Dutch title.

But Gimenez, 22, has been in even more prolific form this season, already netting 15 times in as many games for Arne Slot’s side.

It’s reckoned the hitman is now being lined up for a big-money January switch, with Spurs leading the way.

Ange Postecoglou is determined to add a new forward after winning eight of his opening 12 Premier League games, despite not having replaced Harry Kane.

And Gimenez’s profile makes him the ideal candidate, with a £35m valuation also well within Tottenham’s limits.

However, the north Londoners are now set to face competition from rivals Chelsea.

The Blues look to have turned a corner after firing eight goals past Spurs and Manchester City in their last two games.

But doubts remain over Nicolas Jackson’s ability to regularly hit the target.

Christopher Nkunku is edging back to fitness after a lengthy injury absence.

And Pochettino wants to sign a new No9 once the winter market opens.

Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen are two players on his radar.

But TeamTalk claims Gimenez has now emerged as the Argentine’s top choice.

And he has urged Todd Boehly to get his chequebook out once again, with Gimenez likely keen on moving to Stamford Bridge.

Should the striker move to Chelsea, Armando Broja could find his future in question.

The Albania international has just two goals in 24 games for Chelsea after picking up a serious injury last term.

And it’s believed West Ham are lining up a bid this January to coincide with Chelsea’s offer for Gimenez.

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