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Higuain Deal Stalls Due To Real Madrid’s Dirty Tactics
So it appears we know the reason why Gonzalo Higuain is not yet an Arsenal player: Real Madrid have moved the goal posts at the last minute.
Last Thursday, widespread reports suggested the Argentinean striker was all set to move to the Emirates after we agreed a £23m fee and the player was understood to be heading over to London on Friday to undergo his medical and discuss personal terms.
However, worrying news emerged on Friday from Spain with Real Madrid using their ‘mouthpiece’ Marca to claim that NO deal was close and it would take an offer in excess of £23m to persuade the La Liga giants into selling. Nobody really knew what to make of it all but Arsenal fans were not happy.
Today, journalist Sid Lowe has revealed on ESPN that a deal WAS in place but Madrid decided to up the stakes at the last minute and demand more money from us. They let the deal get so close it’s almost impossible for Arsenal to back out, so they have attempted to squeeze a few extra million out of us (£2.5m if you believe what you read on Twitter). A very dirty negotiating tactic, but are we surprised? This is Real Madrid after all.
Lowe is still confident a deal will be completed in the end, but it seems we may have to dig a little deeper if we want to land Higuain. For me, £23m was a steal and if we have to pay £26m, we’ll still be getting a great deal if you compare it to the prices other players are being touted around at this summer.
Even if you compare it to the £25m we got for Adebayor, paying a similar fee for Higuain looks like the bargain of the fricken century! With the likes of Man City, Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea all on the look-out for a striker, I suggest we just pay an extra £2m or whatever it takes to get Higuain signed-up asap before another club comes in and pushes the price up even further.
Whether we like it or not, the selling club have the power and we’ve used this to our advantage in the past as well, so let’s get a deal done, sign Higuain up and move on to bringing in another couple of players of his caliber.
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Would you pay the extra couple of million for Higuain? Or would you tell Madrid to shove it?