Liverpool have been given the green light to push forward with their plans to sign former Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain, as he’s told Napoli he’s open to a move away from the club.
According to Metro, which cites Spanish sources, the Argentinian forward has made it clear to Rafael Benitez and Co. that his future in Naples is far from secure, and this could lead to him making a shock move to the Premier League in January.
Having only moved to Italy from Madrid last summer, Higuain has become an unexpected target of Liverpool, with manager Brendan Rodgers struggling to cope with the fallout from Luis Suarez’s big move to Barcelona. Both Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli were bought by the Northern Irishman in the summer, though the former has been consigned largely to appearances from the bench, whilst the latter isn’t firing on all cylinders.
With Daniel Sturridge’s recent injury having highlighted a desperate need for more depth if the Reds are to replicate their feats from last term, it’s said Rodgers has been scouring the European markets for a striker, and Higuain may just be his man.
A move feasible?
Indeed if the rumours are true, and Higuain is thinking about moving, then it seems as though a transfer could be on the cards. A bid of around £31million is believed to be enough to convince Benitez to sell, and Liverpool proved in the summer that they have that kind of money available if the player in question is of a certain standard.
The report in the Metro even professes that Rodgers is growing confident a deal can be done, and will look to have negotiations with his Napoli counterpart wrapped up by January 1.
After a lacklustre start to this campaign it’s fair to say the Reds are suffering from a Suarez-induced hangover. The talented Uruguayan is no longer there to offer them that moment of brilliance or game-changing spark that he so often did last season, and without him they appear to be somewhat stifled when it comes to inspiration.
A player of Higuain’s obvious quality, as proven by his healthy goal-record, could certainly act as a catalyst for improvement, and with him leading the line Liverpool would boast one of the most notable forwards in world football. He may take some time to adapt to life in England, but Reds fans will be very happy indeed if Rodgers can clinch his signature.