Gonzalo Higuain is pushing for a move to Arsenal after learning that the north London giants tabled a whooping £43.3m to Italian club Napoli earlier in the week. It seems Higuain is determined to leave Napoli and is digging his heels in for a swift move to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is a long time admirer of the Argentinian international and wishes to recruit a top quality forward like Higuain to push for a Premier League title according to Metro.
Higuain moved to Naples from Real Madrid in 2013 and has continued to prove himself as one of the most lethal strikers in European football after scoring 29 goals in all competitions last season.
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However, Higuain has been tipped for a move this summer after Napoli failed to qualify for the Champions League and the striker has been linked with a two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Arsenal were the first to be credited with an interest when Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed last month that the Gunners were lining-up an offer for the striker while Metro then reported that Manchester United had joined the chase for his signature.
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It appeared that Arsenal had stolen a march on United when the Daily Star claimed yesterday that Arsene Wenger had tabled a huge £43.3m offer for Higuain’s services, only to see the bid knocked back by Napoli.
However, it looks like the striker might be prepared to try and force his way out as the Metro are citing reports coming from Corriere Dello Sport who claim that the 27-year-old is ‘pushing’ for the move to Arsenal following their mega bid.
The newspaper suggests that Higuain has urged his brother – who also works as his agent – to negotiate a move to North London so there does appear to be hope that a deal can be agreed this summer.
The Gunners are a top striker and possibly a back-up defensive-midfielder away from being genuine title challengers and a player of Higuain’s caliber could certainly be the difference for the Arsenal next season - if they could manage to get him to the Emirates.
It remains to be seen whether Higuain will be able to force his way out of Naples but it will be interested to see how United respond should the Italians decide to cash in and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them step up their interest and go head-to-head with Arsenal over his signature - should Wenger delay in tying this one up quickly.
It looks likely now that with United striker Robin van Persie no longer in manager Louis Van Gaal's plans and is being lined-up with a move to Fenerbache and his departure could leave van Gaal with only two senior strikers as Javier Hernandez is also expected to leave - the United boss needs to bring in at least one new forward this summer - and Higuain is the calibre of player he should be looking at.
It does look like the player himself is keen to move on, with his preferred destination thought to be the Emirates. That may all be down to whether manager Arsene Wenger decides to increase his offer or not. It could well be that only a small increase is required to satisfy all parties - a bid somewhere in the region of £45m should get it over the line.
Van Gaal will surely be watching this one closely.