Reports: Madrid Deny Arsenal ‘Agreement’ And Claim Higuain Could Stay

By on July 5, 2013

Yet another apparent ‘twist’ in the long-running Higuain to Arsenal saga today Gooners with Spanish daily newspaper Marca claiming that Real Madrid have denied any agreement is in place with Arsenal and suggest the striker is closer to staying at the Bernabeu than leaving for north London.

Several reports on Thursday claimed we’d finally agreed a fee in the region of £23m with Madrid and the striker was understood to have agreed a three-year deal worth £100,000-a-week. Noises coming out of Argentina suggested the 25-year-old would arrive back in Madrid on Thursday evening (which he did), before heading over to London on Friday for his medical (?).

However, according to Marca – a Madrid-based newspaper who are known to have close ties with the club – the La Liga giants have denied any agreement is in place, insist that it would take an offer in excess of £23m to land Higuain and even suggest Arsenal are yet to submit a written formal offer for the player.

The report – which is written by Ulises Sánchez-Flor, who just happened to by Gonzalo Higuaín’s biographer – goes on to say that manager Carlo Ancelotti is open to the idea of Higuain staying, and with three years left on his contract and no formal bids on the table, he suggests the striker is closer to staying at the Bernabeu than leaving this summer.

On the surface this report is worrying but if you think about it, it’s more than likely just a negotiating tactic to try and force Arsenal into upping their bid. Marca are known to be Madrid’s ‘mouthpiece’ and the club is thought to ‘leak’ information to the paper to fit it’s agenda.

So I wouldn’t be getting too worried just yet and I’d take Marca’s claims with a huge pinch of salt. Slightly worrying though, is that it does look like reports of a fee being agreed were wide of the mark. There would be no need for Madrid to ‘release’ this story if they were happy with what we’d offered. So it looks as though this saga could be set to run for a few more days yet.

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Are you worried after hearing about Marca’s claims? Do you think Higuain will end up joining Arsenal?


  1. chippy boy

    July 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

  2. Nel omofolarin

    July 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

    For God sake,where are these mind-boggling news emerging from? Enough of these confusion-inspiring news…! Can someone tell us something truthful, Giving fair regards to the fact that we are tired of these viral trends of transfer lies and speculations!best of luck to Arsenal fc

  3. Gideon gstar

    July 5, 2013 at 9:45 am


  4. julius

    July 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Really, this news is shocking. We funs need accurate news otherwise, we have to wait and see how things are happening. Gooners relax we are on truck

  5. jamescadar

    July 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    As in eh! I’m tired of these rumours here n there would some1 tell us wots happenin? Dis Higuain story I’m tired infact he should not come again than all these crap this bloggers r givin us!

  6. rascoj

    July 5, 2013 at 10:10 am


  7. k2

    July 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    These stupid bloggers are obviously spurs fans as they tend to be jealous coz they will never be above us gunners COYG

  8. Induct

    July 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Tanx Chippy Boy,checked dat out. Y do online site just like to post just abt any tin just to get a reading frm view. I’ll disregard dis site frm today for misinformation

  9. vims

    July 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Where is the link to your information. I will never read this site again.

  10. Momoh Abdul-Razaq McSionel

    July 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Someone is being stupid.What nonsense! Why is Arsenal not speaking out? Why can’t Arsenal pay the damn &27m pounds for this guy? Is this another of one of Wenger’s numerous tricks to glue us to Giroud all season? If we can’t get Higuain,the entire board and Wenger should resign.Damn! I have had enough.Other teams buy so easily,we can get even one.What nonsense !

  11. kwaragunner

    July 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

    hate all these bloggers who report nonsense!!!!

  12. Michael

    July 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Am tired of all this Arsenal rumours! If Arsenal wants to sign a player, the news will start from arsenal interest, board interest, arsenal bid, bid rejected, arsenal to up bid, arsenal up bid, bid accepted, personal terms, terms agreed, waiting for signing confirmation, player’s agent quote, father’s quote, mother’s quote, wife’s quote, inlaws quote, etc. While other clubs sign players immediately after terms are agreed e.g tevez to juve, navas to mcity, falcao to monaco, etc

  13. Steve of Chiang Mai

    July 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    To be fair to the author Marca did run the story last night but pulled it today. If you google it you can find a heading and link to Marca. They have since replaced it with a story confirming the transfer. Guess they got a call correcting the info.

  14. Timothy

    July 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Pliz let us stay calm and do our afares,the rest is for the coach,board and the officials.let us not creat heart disease by believing things that are not official.

  15. Dave B

    July 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    “No such story on marca.com”
    Sorry, Chippy Boy but I read Marca this morning and that is more or less what it said. Plus, Ancelotti is reported to have said that he want to keep his full complement of strikers.

  16. Dave B

    July 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Just to repair my previous entry…..
    “that is more less what it said”
    “Ancelotti is reported to have said that he
    wants to keep his ful complement of strikers.”

  17. Moses

    July 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    For crying out load,am so so fed up with all the rumours n speculations regarding higuians coming to north london.if madrid dn’t want to sell him let them cough it out bluntly and save us from all this confusion abt. this n that cos there r other departments to be address.

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