More and more every day it feels Arsenal are nowhere near signing a centre forward, and comments from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will do little to inspire the Gunners chances of landing Gonzalo Higauin. The club president confirmed Atletico Madrid have been the only side to bid for the striker to date…With a crazy a €60million plus “two or three players” bid (via AS).
The Argentina international has become hot property after a fine campaign last season, and given the lack of quality strikers on the market and Arsenal’s pressing need for a world class centre forward, the two have been linked all summer.
Juventus have also seemingly been rebuffed in their attempts to lure the striker to Turin, while Atletico’s interest will only make it harder should Arsene Wenger be genuinely interested in the hitman.
According to AS, a £75million release clause is what stands in any potential suitors way, with Napoli proven in the past they are no push overs in the transfer market. Their presidents latest comments only confirms the level of demand Higuain is commanding this summer.
“The only offer for Pipita came from Atleti,” De Laurentiis told reporters (via AS). “Their president called me offering €60 million plus two or three players, but I told him it could not be, very calmly.”
De Laurentiis also squashed rumours of Juventus’ continued interested, claiming Higuain would be “betraying himself” should he join their Serie A rivals.
“Gonzalo would be betraying himself,” he added. “You cannot sing a love song to Napoli’s fans in their stadium, and then put on the jersey of their worst rival. It would be absurd.”
The Napoli present also failed to rule out a move is even on the cards, with the Italian outfit prepared for life without their star man.
“We will see if a replacement is needed. There is no problem, we also finished second without Higuain [before he signed],” he added.
Unfortunately a deal for Higuain is almost certainly out of the question. There is no denying he is the level and the type of signing we need, but let’s be honest – will Wenger launch a more lucrative offer than Atleti’s €60m plus two players? Very, very doubtful.