Gonzalo Higuain apparently turned down a switch to Chelsea this January, with current Blues boss Guus Hiddink unable to guarantee him first team football, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The fact that talks got far enough for the Argentine international to turn Chelsea down, however, suggests that Napoli are willing to let the player go if their valuation is met.
Chelsea were apparently ready to meet that valuation – though to be around the £40m mark (via the Daily Mail) – but Higuain opted to stay in Serie A.
If Arsene Wenger really is determined to add a new striker to our ranks, then it seems Higuain is available. If the manager is willing to match what Chelsea offered – or perhaps even slightly less given that six months will have passed – then we could secure his signature this summer.
We all know how close the 28-year-old was to joining Arsenal back in 2013 (via The Guardian), so Wenger is clearly a fan of the former Real Madrid star. The question is though, does he still want to bring the prolific forward to the Emirates? Or has he moved onto other targets?
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Our hunt for a new striker is well documented, and we have been linked with every top forward in the game over the last season or two. Higuain is arguably no longer at the level he once was though, and there are far better strikers out there. We may not be able to get the likes of Robert Lewandowski or Karim Benzema, but would we be settling if we signed Higuain?