Higuain Deal Stalls Due To Real Madrid’s Dirty Tactics

By on July 6, 2013

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?



  1. noelc

    July 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    There is no difference between Barca, Real Madrid or any other Spanish grease ball clubs. Barcelona owe Arsenal money for Song and we should demand payment in full. Two seasons ago they had to borrow 150 million euros to pay their players during the close season yet the same dirt bags are out buying players they can’t afford to pay wages to don’t mind pay millions for.The other “galectico” chasing bums at Real are bank rolled by the Spanish royal family! That says it all about a country whose people are broke and unemployed , idiots all,they deserve no sympathy. So much for fair play. Gimme a break.

    • Sahoo

      July 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Spot on mate. These Spanish clubs are classless. Biggest scum bags on the face of earth. But the day is not far when Spanish league will be a second rung league in Europe because of the current state of their economy. Gunner forever.

    • phyper

      July 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      The reason they Bacre and Real can get away with losing money and still buy players they clearly can’t afford is that they are both bank rolled by the Spanish government, who simply get the banks to write-off the debt.
      I for one am skeptical that the new financial doping rules will apply to these teams. Man City, Chelsea, PSG they are all going to cook the books so that their sugar daddies continue to pump money the clubs aren’t earning into the clubs. The Spanish will continue to find ways to quietly write-off Real and Barce debt

  2. Jsp2303

    July 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I hope Wenger is learn how these greasy Spanish scumbags deal with transfers when you try to buy one of their players. Perhaps he will now take the same approach each and every season when Barcelona come tapping up one of our players they can’t even afford, and don’t even have the money to pay. Funny how Platini and his puppets at EUFA turn a blind eye to these two Spanish clubs and their dirty dealings. Just imagine if it was English clubs, that scummy French turd would soon act then.

    • Niranjith

      July 7, 2013 at 4:15 am

      You said it.

    • sharpo

      July 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

      you hit the nail on the head there mate .

  3. H

    July 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    No sensible club should deal with these dirt bag clubs Barca and Real ….there people are starving and these clubs are lower then pond life Barca want players for cheap but they want to sell Villa for 15 mill shove him up your arse along with the goal post oh shove hig uu ther to

    • simon

      July 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      He don’t wanna join the woolich haha

  4. True gunner

    July 7, 2013 at 12:59 am

    They are better players out there for way less, come on Arsenal don’t let them cheat you, Dutch player are cheaper and way better.


    July 7, 2013 at 1:13 am

    let mr wenger fork out the demanded cash and get his man it is getting unnecessarily longer. arsenal fans are tired of complaining all the time.

  6. rizal

    July 7, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Getting Higuain would be grreat but would 18million enough to get Mario Gomez instead, if so I would go along with that.

  7. Gunner125

    July 7, 2013 at 3:28 am

    They steal our best players and then don’t pay for them in full. So to try and cheat us once again is a spit in the face. I say F-uk them Arsene buy elsewhere. After all these pricks stole gold from the Inca’s and never gave it back. Lets deal with people who have a little integrity, not none at all.

  8. Harry Barracuda

    July 7, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I have a horrible feeling that Madrid know PSG or Chelsea are going to pay 45m+ for Cavani and Madrid know that Napoli will be shopping for a striker with lots of money to spend.

    Same goes for Jovetic’s owners.

  9. etomchi

    July 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

    its better wenger pays the extra million .u cant compare hm wit Adebayo we sold 25 .its better before another club pays 30 and it wil be ‘oh had i know’ ! Rap up this deal and go 4 fellani and cesar!

  10. nono

    July 7, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I hope we all have good memories, cos I can remember vividly that arsenal has never sold a damn player to real madrid but instead decide to sell to barca, man utd and man city and now arsenal fans are complaining, wenger is just being served his old dish …madrid wanted henry, nasri, fab, and rvp but instead wenger decided to sell to others who ended up owing …karma is really a bitch

  11. ibrahim abdulbaqi

    July 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

    if madrid are not ready to sell him 2 arsenal then let wenger forget hm and go for rooney nd fiorentina’s jevotic. ARSENAL 4 LYF

  12. GILBO

    July 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Arsenal should now show a bit of spine and tell Real Madrid “to get lost”
    and go for Benteke of Aston Villa.

  13. Rickyvilla

    July 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    We don’t need a striker gervinho will be great next season with that French free transfer
    All goons are gay
    Die of aids

  14. Maiko jm

    July 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    The Spaniard clubs are always proud for nothing because many of them have financial difficulties , they inflate players’ salaries and prices that is football conism.Mr Wenger you are bright guy football is a business if the deal doesn’t come look elsewhere,it is very easy and cheap to get a striker some even free.

  15. Arsene wenger8yrstruphyles

    July 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Sleeping@ u fans am not ready 4 any signing man gooooo to hell

  16. @_Babatee

    July 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Mario gomez is a better option!!!!!

  17. keyamo ovie

    July 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    As 4 me,ℓ̊ feel madrid are stalling us about higuain & ℓ̊ don’t know why?the issue is simple,if they don’t want to sell they should let us know so we will have to look elsewhere instead of extorting money from us in the name of transfer,the earlier the better..Gunners 4 ever

  18. Yemi

    July 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    People can now understand why Arsen Wenger should be considered as a best manager in this present foot ball arena.

  19. Teeboy

    July 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I wonder what kind of transfer should we call this. Demanding for an additional money after you have given the permission to a player to speak to the interested club, this is total bullshit. Now we can all see reasons why this Higuain deal is yet to be completed since. Fuck madrid with their stupid static of dealings with this transfer. Anyway I don’t blame them. I hope arsene waste no time only on getting Higuain though. He should try get him asap if he still want & move on getting deal done for another quality players in mid field. I hope for the best comes next season

  20. Onyeka

    July 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Wenger is mesing up big time!!..he should 4get about higuain & buy lewandowski instead who is very strong & more clinical even if it will cost him £28m.than buying 25m higuain who madrid just want to do away wit bcos he‘s uslez..then go 4 a back up lyk jovetic or rooney..And a must buy which is fellaini…so wenger act fast pls and no delay abeg..4get the higuain plz!

  21. Antique Gunmen

    July 8, 2013 at 4:52 am

    For Godsake Arsene, just pay that damn 2M extra!!
    Arsene should realise that he’s not in position to steer this deal. We are step ahead from other competitor like PSG, Chelsea, and City (I just concern for moneybags and high reputation clubs) who didn’t show their interest. Not yet. But the situation can change very fast. Chelsea reported to miss Cavani, who claim by Napoli is gonna be PSG’s.
    City is busying with Negredo now, but it’s no deal yet. I guess Arsene confidence to play his wheeler dealer stuff because Gonzo allready made close contact on his personal term and physical test. But i’m worry that Arsene will push our luck too much. Most gooners can’t forgive him if that’s really happen only because the damn 2-3M pounds extra.

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