Arsenal is Leading the race to finally sign Gonzalo Higuain, as reported by Calciomercato.
The 27-year-old Argentine forward has been linked with a move to the Gunners and was close joining the club back 2013, The Sun claim that a £23-million fee was even agreed between Arsenal and the striker’s former club real Madrid back in 2013.
However, the Argentina international decided to move to Serie A with Napoli. Since moving to Italy, Higuain has been a success, scoring a total of 42 league goals in 78 league games.
There is disagreement over the player’s €94m clause and whether to up it, keep it the same, or lower it but Napoli is confident of success.
What is going against that happening right now is Higuain being happier this season at Napoli, and that is showing on the pitch. Higuain was one of a few Napoli players to lose their edge under Rafa Benitez, but new manager Maurizio Sarri has changed things.
Higuain’s camp are understood to be keen to lower that figure, although Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is likely to be reluctant to do so.
Napoli is, though, likely to do whatever it takes to extend the player’s contract, but should negotiations go awry then Arsenal appears to be the team most likely to sign him.
Clarin ran the headline ‘El Arsenal inglés pagaría una fortuna por Higuaín’ which means ‘The English Arsenal (there’s an Argentine one too) would pay a fortune for Higuain’ and went on to say that the footballer’s brother Nicolas was set to hold talks with Napoli to see if a move could be sorted out.
Higuain was, according to Clarin, keen to get Champions League football and, therefore, receptive to the idea of a move away from Napoli. Things have since changed and Napoli, aided by the attack of Higuain and Lorenzo Insigne, are in a fight for the Serie A title.
But during his three seasons in Napoli, the striker has tasted Champions League just once, meaning the forward is no longer regularly showcasing his talents on Europe’s elite stage.