Arsenal ‘To Match Any Barca Bid’ For €40m Striker – Report

By on June 17, 2014

Arsenal look set to renew their interest in Gonzalo Higuain with reports claiming that we are ready to match any Barcelona bid for the Napoli hitman.

I’m sure you will all remember us being strongly linked with Higuain last summer and we came close to signing him before turning our attention to Luis Suarez.

As we haggled with Liverpool over the now infamous ‘release clause’, we ended up missing out on Higuain as well after Napoli agreed to pay Real Madrid €40m for the Argentinean striker.

The 26-year-old enjoyed an excellent debut season in Italy, scoring 24 goals in 44 games, leading to reports in Spain on Monday claiming that Barcelona are ready to make a €40m move for the striker with new boss Luis Enrique apparently wanting to pair him with compatriot Leo Messi next season.

Higuain talked up the possibility of moving to the Nou Camp when asked about the reports, saying he’s flattered to be linked with Barcelona:

“Of course. I enjoy playing alongside him for the national team.” Higuain said

“Obviously it would be an enormous pleasure, but for now I’m focused on the World Cup.

“I’m flattered by the interest from Barca. Any player would be.”

However, it appears Arsenal aren’t going to let Higuain slip through their fingers without a fight this time around as the Daily Express are reporting today that Arsene Wenger is ‘desperate’ to sign the striker this summer and will ‘match any bid’ the Catalans make.

Obviously we made a huge mistake in not just going all-out for Higuain last summer and if he’s available this year, we should certainly do everything we can to try and sign him.

But it’s going to be difficult to persuade him to turn down the advances of Barcelona if the La Liga giants do want him, and despite what the Express claim, I don’t see Arsene ‘matching’ any bid they make. That’s simply not his style. He’ll have a valuation in mind and won’t pay a penny above it, which will most likely mean we’ll miss out again.



  1. Andrew

    June 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Leading reports in Italy claim Barcelona aren’t making an offer and 40m is in no way close to what Napoli want. Plus he turned Arsenal and Chelsea down for Napoli, why would he leave for them now?

    Oh and leading reports in Spain claim they’re readying a 55m bid, not 40.

  2. nigel hill

    June 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    If we only signing 1 striker I would prefer balotelli! Higuain had his chance last season!

  3. Aniekan

    June 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I will go 4 balotelli will us d edge as he understand d league more having played dere 4 man city.

  4. andy

    June 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    why are we not trying to jump in anb nick deigo costa from under joses nose
    its not a done deal yet despite jose making out it is .
    it would be a real statement signing and boy would it be worth it just to see his face .

  5. goodyp

    June 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Higuain..?? No way.. I don’t think Wenger will ever go for him.. If you ask me, I prefare super Mario.. He has played in the BLP.. He is likely to contribute more.. He will excell in Arsenal with the like’s of Ozil and the rest of Arsenal midfield..

  6. t

    June 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

    ffs this article is aids. hiagauin will never sign for us. balotelli might but only because hes not good enough for any other top side

  7. falco

    June 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Arsenal will not pay 40 million for this striker when they didn’t offer half that sum when he was at real

    • jesus

      June 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

      it’s Euro not GBP.

  8. wean

    June 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    if we can get higuain it will be a welcomed development but i don’t see wenger paying more than 23million for him so i did go for super? Mad man mario balotelli.

  9. Mr Victor arsenal

    June 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Bring mario we need him

  10. Popoola Alabi.

    June 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Mario will be ok.

  11. Raphael Daura

    June 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Balo is good to play in the p-league


    June 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm


  13. solicitor

    June 18, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    i will prefer mario baloteli more dan higuain because he has linked with premir legue b4 we ned balo nt higua

  14. dave

    June 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Please Arsenal fans forget about all these so called targets. Arsene Wenger and his pathetic board will not sign anyone of any note. They will do as they have always done and fanny about, hesitate and frustrate. We need someone more dynamic who knows what he wants and goes and gets him like Mourino.


    June 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    higuain, no way. Bring Mario

  16. arsenal

    June 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Balotelli is the guy arsenal needs with the pace of wallcott and midfielders like ozil Ramsey and ox

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