Arsenal have made an initial offer of €40 million for Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, but it doesn’t look like being enough to convince the Italian giants to sell.
Astounding reports from Italian paper Gazetta dello Sport have this morning claimed that the Gunners have launched an early offensive for the Argentina star, and he could very well be interested in the move following their second successive FA Cup win.
Higuain in Naples
Napoli toiled to little avail in their bid for league glory last season under Rafael Benitez, finishing fifth and missing out on the Champions League places. As a result there’s been talk of some of the biggest players leaving the club, with Higuain ranking as arguably their crown jewel.
At the same time Arsene Wenger is thought to be in the market for an out-and-out goalscorer, with Olivier Giroud better served when acting as a link-up man and Alexis Sanchez charged with netting the bulk of Arsenal’s goals during this past year.
So it’s said that they’ve offered €40m for Higuain in a bid to beat any other potential suitors that might be waiting to take advantage of his uneasy situation in Naples once the summer transfer window opens.
Given his Real Madrid pedigree and consistently good form in front of goal there are sure to be others who have him on their radar, though Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentiis is believed to be holding firm with the demands he has.
Gazetta claim that Laurentiis wants a minimum of €50m if he is to do business concerning Higuain, and that could throw a spanner in the works given that Wenger is known to be a shrewd business.
That said in the past two summer windows he’s consented to the lucrative purchases of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, so the deal might still have legs if his need for Higuain is strong enough.
To date the registered back and forth is limited to Arsenal having both made an initial proposal - the aforesaid €40m - and approached Higuain’s brother, his brother, Pipita, in an effort to do the necessary schmoozing to get a deal done. In the coming weeks expect plenty more to happen, though Laurentiis might have to lower his expectations if a deal is to happen.
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