Arsenal have been informed that they will have to splash out unimaginable amount to secure the service of their long-term attacking targets this January, with huge price tags tagged on both Gonzalo Higuain and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Higuain was heavily linked with a potential move to the Emirates last summer. At that time Arsene Wenger ruled out Napoli’s staggering £66m valuation, but now the Serie A side is demanding even higher fee.
Two other EPL giants, Chelsea and Manchester United also are desperate to sign him but that huge fee for a 28-year-old player is unlikely to get many clubs interested.
According to a report from London24, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has now confirmed that their Argentine goalmachine, Higuain’s release clause remains a whopping £72m (€94m) and it would make Higuain one of the most expensive footballers of all time and there is no long-term value to be had there.
“I put the €94m release clause into Higuain’s contract because I know how to evaluate players,” De Laurentiis said.
“Now he has 20 goals in 20 Serie A games.
“We already have a strong squad, so it’s difficult to improve it. I gave my all-clear to buy someone who is truly functional for the project.”
The 28-year-old Argentine forward has been on fire in this campaign, with 100% goal record (20 goals in 20 appearances) in Serie A, adding a further two goals in Europa League as Napoli stepped into the knockout stage snatching a 100% record in the group stage.
In this campaign the Argentine marksman has actually accounted for 49 per cent of goals scored by Napoli, with only eight players having found the net for them.
Like Higuain, Arsenal have also been told that nothing less than €70m (£53m) will be enough to tempt Aubameyang away from Borussia Dortmund, according to the Metro.
An acceptable offer for the Gabonese striker would eventually smash Arsenal’s club transfer record, currently the £42.5m paid on Mesut Ozil transfer in 2013, and would definitely make a large statement but Arsene Wenger is not in a mood to splash out such a huge amount.