Arsenal have had an astonishing £43.3million transfer bid for Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain rejected by the Italian outfit, according to the latest reports in Italy.
Speculative rumours from newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim that the Gunners have already made a significant effort to lure the Argentina international away from Naples, but that even Arsene Wenger’s monumental bid of over £40m was snubbed by the powers that be.
The sum itself - which equates to around €60m - was said to have been turned down firsthand by Napoli president Antonio De Laurentiis, who clearly feels as though he can get more for Higuain’s signature before he consents to a sale.
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For some time now rumours have inferred that the former Real Madrid striker, who missed a penalty for Argentina against Chile in the Copa America final, will be moving onto pastures new this summer.
The switch made by Rafael Benitez, ironically to Higuain’s former club, was tipped to be the icing on the cake, and the fact that there will be no Champions League football at the Stadio San Paulo next season makes it a highly likely possibility.
Hence why various clubs around Europe have registered an interest in the prolific striker, and why Wenger believed £43.3m would be enough for Laurentiis to agree to letting Higuain go. Yet rumour has it it wasn’t enough, and whether or not Arsenal will return with another offering remains to be seen.
Wenger may have been less frugal with his spending in recent years but £43m is still £43m, and spending such a figure on one player virtually rules out the idea that the Gunners will strengthen on multiple fronts this year.
Of course that’s not to say Higuain wouldn’t improve Wenger’s side, far from it. Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud are currently the only established out-and-out strikers and neither looks capable of bagging over 20 goals a season.
Alexis Sanchez has proven himself an astute buy and the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla will also help, but it’s the addition of someone who can routinely find the back of the net that Arsenal appear to be missing. Could Higuain be that man?
Arsenal fans, do you think Wenger should pay more than £43.3m for Higuain? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.