Higuain Deal Unlikely As Madrid Demand £37m, Suarez Now No.1 Target

By on July 18, 2013

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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  1. Zed The Red

    July 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The article makes no sense at all. If you think Arsenal will now pull out of the deal as Wenger wont pay 37m for a player then how do you think they will buy Suarez as he will cost in excess of 40m?

  2. Bill

    July 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

    And which school of mathematics did you attend Mac? Suarez is valued at £50M by Liverpool and Arsenals miserly offer of £35M has been well and truly refused. It is reported wrongly in the UK press that Suarez has a release clause of £40M. So just for the sake of argument this release clause existed, it would mean that Arsenal would have to at least meet that figure which would be £3M more than Madrids asking price for Higuain. I’m no accountant but it doesn’t add up. Idiot.

    • John

      July 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      The article makes complete sense Bill. Higuan and Suarez are two different players, and Arsene would most likely be willing to pay more for Suarez than Higuain. For the sake of explanation, Arsenal could be willing to pay 45 mill for Suarez yet not be willing to pay more than 23 mill for Higuain. Now that Napoli announced they have loads of CASH, Madrid may have upped the Higuain price to 37 mill. (Way too much for Higuain) So it makes complete sense. Idiot.

    • Ash

      July 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      £50 Million?

      You know this for certain? I wasn’t aware you handled Suarez’s contract?

  3. Magnus Mendee

    July 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I think real should lower Higuain price and sell him quickly inorder to push for suaraz,becouse time is running out.

  4. Abu Rahman

    July 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Good talk Bill. The whole thing doesn’t just make sense !

  5. G_G

    July 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I find all this talk about astronomical transfer fees VERY hard to believe when you consider how conservative and ‘tight’ AW has always been.

    All these reports about going for Suarez and spending 30/40M on him seem very far off IMO. AW always checks very carefully all the aspects of a potential new signing and I very much doubt he’d want such a player at AFC. His behaviour on the pitch is a digrace.. not to mention he’ll have to serve a lenghty ban.

    It may well be a plan to get Higuain on the cheap from Madrid. I guess they incresed his asking price because of our ‘supposed’ bid for Suarez.
    If AW thought that going for RM’s prime target in an effort to get a better deal I think that it backfired BIG TIME.
    All this transer dealings may well rumble on until the very last day of the transfer window.

    If AW got Cazorla for 12/15M I’m sure he won’t spend more than 20/23 for a striker… no matter how strong / valuable that player may be.

  6. David Gross

    July 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Alonso, Higuain and 15 Mill, and i’ll personally drop Suarez off!!!

    • Arseniel

      July 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Dream on!

  7. Stan

    July 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Well he certainly isn’t coming to Arse-nal is he dip stick Arseniel!! Even LFC as weak of a squad they have been, have won more than arsholenal in the last 8 years. Now lets think, Champions league, FA Cup and league cup. AFC have only won the FA cup back in 2005. Imagine LFC with all that cash, we’d be up there again. So you dream on idiot!!

    • essex gooner

      July 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Liverpool are a shitty version of arsenal, they try to copy but fail, they come 7th in epl, star player wants to leave, they have a lot of work to do in order to catch up to arsenal, your team consist of rejects from other teams… even though you may have a slight decent point in suarez not joining arsenal, you do not disrespect arsenal, at least we can qualify for champions league, have better stadium, better manager, wealthier and have more of a chance winning something compared to a team full of inbred supporters such as yourself, get off this website and never return.

  8. Oxtyn

    July 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    AW is already pointing to the direction he is headed. After the 7-1 win over Indonesia, he said there is no signing that will be concluded anytime soon. Guys. Its same old storry. He’s keeping faith Giroud and will wait till the last days of the transfer window to see if he can scoop any player. Of course, it won’t be a marquee signing because no club will sell its best in those last days of the transfer window when they can’t replace them.

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