Arsenal are considering a renewed bid to sign Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain in the January transfer window, claims the Daily Star.
Manager Arsene Wenger appears to have solved Arsenal's striker problems with the £16 million purchase of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. The 23-year-old has bagged five goals in his first seven games for the Gunners, however, concerns over Olivier Giroud's long-term fitness abide.
As a result, Wenger is open to reigniting his bid to sign Higuain when the transfer window reopens in the new year. The Frenchman tried and failed to sign the striker in the summer of 2013. He eventually joined Napoli in a deal worth around €40 million.
If Arsenal do decide to launch an offer for Higuain they can expect to have to pay Rafa Benitez every bit as much as he paid Real Madrid for his services 18 months ago. That is despite the fact that the 26-year-old has failed to score in seven Serie A games so far this season.
Wenger will also be aware of Liverpool's interest. The Anfield faithful are starting to suspect that Brendan Rodgers's £16 million risk on Mario Balotelli is not going to pay off. The controversial Italian has failed to score in the Premier League thus far and has been less than impressive.
Liverpool do have the money to spend and if Daniel Sturridge continues to struggle with injury, Rodgers may be tempted into a bid. There were also tentative reports that Liverpool failed in a late move for Higuain in the summer believed to be worth £22 million plus Lucas Leiva.
A potential transfer could come down to Higuain himself, who is rumoured to be unhappy plying his trade in the south of Italy. He is reportedly unhappy playing Europa League football and will look to leave should it appear they will miss out on the Champions League next season.
With Giroud set to return to fitness in early January, he could be returning just in time to prove to Wenger that he can still compete at the top level.