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Should Arsenal End Higuain Pursuit & Go For This £25m Striker Instead?
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has stunned the club by handing in a transfer request on Monday night. Should Arsenal be going all-out to try and land the £25m-rated striker this summer?
A striker is a MUST, no doubt about that. Many names have been linked with a move to the Emirates, none more so than Gonzalo Higuain, but with Real Madrid seemingly playing silly games should we now switch focus and concentrate on Benteke?
The giant Belgian enjoyed a stunning debut season in the Premier League – scoring 19 goals to keep Villa in the top flight – and the fact he’s proven himself in England goes massively in his favour.
How many strikers have we seen tearing it up abroad only to struggle in the Premier League? How do we know someone like Higuain wouldn’t flop here? With Benteke, we know he can cope with the rigors that come with playing in England and if anything, he’ll only get better playing in a better team filled with much better players.
Higuain’s scored 16 goals last season playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Ozil and Di Maria in a Madrid team that scored over 100 goals. Benteke scored 19 of Villa’s 47 goals playing with the likes of Bannan, Weimann and Delph! Just imagine what he could potentially do with Cazorla, Walcott, Wilshere, Podolski, etc supplying the bullets.
Reports are saying Villa will demand £25m for him, but they won’t get near that after he handed in a transfer request. They’ll be lucky to get £20m, they’ll probably end up accepting nearer £18m, so he’s going to be cheaper than Higuain and he’s also three years younger.
We know Tottenham and possibly Liverpool are interested, there’s talk of maybe Chelsea, while Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid have also been linked but with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going to Dortmund and David Villa off to Madrid I’m not sure they’ll be in the market for another striker.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d still love Higuain to come to Arsenal and his pedigree is unquestioned, but we’ve been trying to tie up a deal for what feels like months now and Madrid are pissing us about big time. If we don’t make some serious headway this week I think it’s time we switched targets and Benteke would be an excellent alternative.
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This is a huge week for Arsenal as we head of on our pre-season tour of Asia on Friday and if we don’t have at least one big name signing on the plane, I fear we could be in for another summer of disappointment in the transfer market. Don’t let it happen Arsene, offer Madrid £25m for Higuain and if it’s still a no-go, slap an £18m bid in for Benteke!
What do you think?? Be patient and hope we can strike a deal for Higuain, or go after Benteke?