Arsene Wenger is reportedly eyeing up a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain with the Argentine looking to join a Champions League club after the Italian side failed to qualify, Sportmediaset reports.
The Italian outlet suggests that despite Higuain’s release clause being set at €95million, we’re hoping that a €60m offer can persuade them to sell.
Higuain was heavily linked with us in the summer of 2013, with many outlets reporting at the time that a deal had been agreed (via The Guardian), only for the forward to end up at Napoli.
The 27-year-old is currently facing some hostility from his home nation after blazing a penalty over the bar in the shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
Higuain’s mental strength has been questioned, with the striker failing to deliver in key moments for both club and country over the past 12 months.
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He missed a crucial chance for Argentina in with World Cup last summer while failing to convert the penalty that would’ve handed Napoli a place in Europe’s premier club competition.
Having said that, Higuain’s goalscoring record remains comparable with some of the best strikers in Europe and he would definitely be an improvement on our current options.
His record in Serie A hasn’t taken a dip during his two seasons there which, if he could potentially replicate for us in the Premier League, could hand us the title.
Wenger surely needs to add an elite centre-forward this summer if we’re to stand any chance of clinching our first title since 2004.