Gonzalo Higuain agent dismisses Barcelona transfer rumours

Published 11 Comments

Football News

Arsenal and Liverpool are leading the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain after the Napoli striker's agent claimed to have had no contact with Barcelona over a possible transfer.

The Daily Express reports how the Argentina international has been heavily linked with a move away from Stadio San Paolo this summer, despite only moving to Italy from Real Madrid last year.

Rafael Benitez paid £32.5 million to bring 26-year-old talisman to Naples, and the Serie 'A' outfit will not sell the frontman for anything less than the £80 million release clause written into his five-year contract.

Related articles

- Gonzalo Higuain is happy at Napoli
- Gonzalo Higuain still wants Arsenal move
- Gonzalo Higuain flattered by Barcelona link

Arsenal interest

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in bringing Higuain to the Emirates Stadium last summer, but was eventually beaten to his signature by the Italian suitors.

The north London club have already added marquee signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona this summer, but Wenger could do with another striker to ease the burden on Olivier Giroud in attack this season.

It's unlikely that Arsenal would be willing to meet Higuain's mouthwatering valuation, but the typically frugal Frenchman has already shown his willingness to spend big this transfer window so the prospect of him arriving should not be ruled out entirely.

Liverpool interest

Liverpool meanwhile are still on the lookout for a replacement for Luis Suarez at Anfield, and manager Brendan Rodgers could look to spend all of the £75 million received from Barcelona on bringing Higuain to Merseyside.

The Reds have added Rickie Lambert as well as a number of creative midfielders, but could do with a marquee striker signing to fill the inevitable void left by the Uruguayan's departure.

Higuain would certainly tick all those boxes when you consider his European pedigree, as well as the fact he netted an impressive 24 goals in all competitions during his debut season at Napoli last term.

Barcelona's alleged interest would have probably ended following their capture of Suarez, and Higuain's brother - and agent - confirmed as much, putting to bed any rumours of contact with the Catalan club.

Agent quotes

"We have had no contact with the Barcelona directors, nor the Coach," Nicolas Higuain said. "The links with Barcelona are like in a film, there is nothing real about it."

Liverpool looked set to sign Loic Remy for a bargain £8.5 million fee, but the France international failed his medical prompting Rodgers back into the market - possibly for Higuain.

Arsenal might offer much-maligned striker Yaya Sanogo another chance to stake his claim for a place in the team, particularly after his four-goal haul against Benfica in the Emirates Cup at the weekend, should they decide against pursuing the South American star.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again