Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all on alert over the availability of striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Express claims the Premier League trio are monitoring the player’s situation, after he admitted he was flattered by the interest being shown in him by Barcelona.
Higuain also said he would love to play with international teammate Lionel Messi on a regular basis, but was focusing on the World Cup rather than speculation over his future.
"I enjoy playing alongside him for the national team. Obviously it would be an enormous pleasure, but for now I'm focused on the World Cup,” he told Spanish paper Efe.
"I'm flattered by the interest from Barca. Any player would be.”
Before the Napoli star starts dreaming of a move to the Nou Camp, he may well be stopped in his tracks by his current club, with Marca claiming president Aurelio de Laurentiis wants €55million for his player.
The Serie ‘A’ hitman moved to Italy from Real Madrid for €40m last summer, after seven successful years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
His first season at the Stadio San Paolo was also a relative success, with the former River Plate sensation scoring 17 league goals to help his side finish third domestically.
It’s form that’s alerted the Catalan giants, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also wants the forward, having missed out on bringing him to the Premier League last year.
Wenger is ‘desperate’ to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium, according to the Express, and is said to be willing to match any bid made by the La Liga giants.
That may mean Arsenal having to break their transfer record to bring the player to north London, and the club are short of strikers with Olivier Giroud the only name of significance available last season.
Joel Campbell and Carlos Vela could also return to the Gunners’ squad this summer, although Higuain would add some star quality that the aforementioned duo perhaps lack.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are another side in the market for a striker after the struggles of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba last season.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move for Diego Costa, but even if the Spanish international moves to Stamford Bridge, the Blues are still potentially light in attack.
The Special One has worked with Higuain before, but whilst Chelsea would have no problem affording the hefty price, owner Roman Abramovich will remember that big purchases haven’t necessarily led to positive results in the past on the King’s Road.
Manchester United are the other Premier League team credited with an interest, as Louis van Gaal looks to revamp the former champions ahead of the new campaign.
Despite being busy with the Netherlands at the World Cup, the report claims the Red Devils are keeping tabs on his situation ahead of a possible transfer window move from the Old Trafford outfit.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are the current first choice options in attack for Manchester United, but the arrival of Higuain would add some serious competition in the forward positions.
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