We have recently been linked with a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, but have been quoted a massive £72m if we want to acquire his services, according to the Express.
The Argentine striker has been in fine form for the Serie A side, attracting attention from some top clubs. The club failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, which the Express claim has convinced Higuain that his future lies elsewhere.
The report goes on to say that we are plotting a £30m bid, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Higuain is going nowhere unless we meet his £72m buyout clause.
“Higuain’s future? If a player has a contract this contract has to be respected,” he said.
“If a madman arrives and offers to pay his buy-out clause then one must consider it. Otherwise Pipita [Higuain] will remain here.”
Higuain would be a solid acquisition, but he is arguably barely worth £30m, never mind £72m. The 27-year-old is a consistent goalscorer , but there are arguably far better options out there. We need to be targeting the very best if we are to have any hope of challenging for the Premier League and the Champions League, and there are questions over whether Higuain could take us to that level.