Arsene Wenger sees Higuain as the answer to his search for a fresh prolific marksman to strengthen an attack that could well do with a more lethal finisher.
Arsene Wenger is hoping that the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid will allow him to step up his pursuit of the club’s striker Gonzalo Higuain, for whom he is ready to break the Arsenal transfer record.
Spanish paper Marca have reported that :
The Gunners will stretch to as much as €30 million for the marksman, some €8 million more than Juventus has offered. What’s more, the Londoners are willing to pay the fee in one lump sum, while the Italians want to split it into up to five instalments, a far less attractive proposition for Real.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, is all too happy to buy time and hope for an auction. The official reason being given for the delay is that no decision will be made until a new coach is in place, meaning Ancelotti, who is on the verge of landing in Madrid, will also have his say.
Higuaín’s representatives have held two meetings with the Real higher-ups and agree that it is the club’s prerogative to hold out for the best possible offer. The Argentine still has three years to run on his contract and the understanding is that he will only leave for what he is worth.
Juventus looked to have initially stolen a march on the striker’s other suitors, but it has failed to put its money where its mouth is. Now the onus is on the Italian champions to up the ante and match Arsenal’s offer.
One potential obstacle to the move though could be the uncertainty regarding Real’s new manager. Higuain is reportedly keen to establish where he stands with any new boss before agreeing to depart the Spanish giants.
Madrid have previously stated that Higuain would be made available for transfer this summer with the newspaper claiming the 25-year-old is valued at around £25m, and should Arsenal meet that figure it would smash their current transfer record which is set at the £15m they spent on Andrey Arshavin back in 2009.
Higuain would perfectly fit into Arsenal’s 4-3-2-1 system and given his ability of bringing others into play could offer alternatives across the forward line. The 25 year old is not exactly known to be a ruthless striker, but he is pretty clever in front of goal and with his strong physical presence he can give opposition defenses a run for there money.
What do you think Gooners?