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Higuain Deal Unlikely As Madrid Demand £37m, Suarez Now No.1 Target
According to reports, Arsenal’s chances of signing Gonzalo Higuain are fading fast after Real Madrid upped their asking price to £37m.
Less than two weeks ago it was widely reported we were close to agreeing a £23m deal after the player was given permission by Madrid to discuss personal terms with us. However, the move stalled after the Spaniard’s inexplicably changed the asking price and Arsene Wenger put negotiations on hold as he looked at alternatives, including Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
Napoli have since entered the race for Higuain, with the Italian outfit flush with cash after selling Edinson Cavani to PSG for £55m and president Aurelio De Laurentiis foolishly revealed that the club had £108m to spend this summer.
With Napoli openly admitting they have cash to burn, the Mail claim Real have now upped Higuain’s price to an eye-watering £37m.
There’s no chance Wenger will pay that amount for the Argentine and I’ll be surprised if Napoli sanctioned a deal at that figure either, so the likelihood is Madrid will have to lower their demands eventually. But until they do, any deal for Higuain is pretty much off the table.
Reports have also suggested that Wenger’s No.1 target is now Luis Suarez and it seems the boss is concentrating his efforts on trying to land the controversial Uruguayan from Liverpool.
I still feel a deal is going to be extremely difficult to pull off but the club must have been given enough encouragement from the strikers camp that they’re prepared to risk missing out on Higuain.
Wenger has promised the club are working hard behind the scenes to bring in new faces, so we’re just going to have to be patient and keep our fingers crossed we can get something done soon.
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Will we manage to sign Higuain or Suarez this summer? Or are we going to miss out on both?