Higuain Stalls On Napoli Move As Striker Waits For Arsenal

By on July 22, 2013

According to reports today, Gonzalo Higuain is stalling on his proposed move to Napoli as he wants to give Arsenal time to come back in for him.

Reports in Italy over the weekend claimed that Napoli had agreed a £30m deal with Real Madrid and the striker was all set to hold talks with the Serie A outfit over a move to Italy.

However, the Mirror claim that the 25-year-old has now asked for 48 hours to mull over the move as he would still prefer to join Arsenal and hopes we’ll renew our interest after coming close to securing his services earlier in the month.

It’s understood we had agreed a £24m deal in principal with Madrid and personal terms had been agreed with the player, but the Spaniard’s suddenly upped the asking price at the last minute, demanding over £30m for the Argentinean hitman.

Understandably, Arsene Wenger pulled out of the deal and turned his attention to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, but if Higuain ends up moving to Napoli the likelihood is Madrid will then use the money to go for Suarez and we may end up missing out on both players.

I’ve said all along that I don’t think the Suarez move will happen. We’re the last club Liverpool would want to sell to if they have any top-four aspirations next season and the player has already said Madrid would be his first choice destination.

So if we sit back and let Higuain join Napoli, I fear it’s going to end in tears and we’ll see Suarez make the move to Spain leaving us in the cold.

If we fail to bring in a big-name striker this summer the club are going to come under some serious scrutiny from the fans, so it looks like it’s going to be a key week in the transfer window.

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Do you think we should renew our interest in Higuain? Or pin all our hopes on Suarez?


  1. atid

    July 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I want us to stun football and sign higuain AND suarez then snap up fellain fabregas cesar gustavo williams and capoue. 8 signings title comes home everyones a winner.

    • Arseniel

      July 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

      There are fools and damn fools – but lovely optimism!

  2. Rana

    July 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    With Napoli stalling, I think it’s a great opportunity for Arsenal to snap up Gonzalo Higuain for 30 Million Euros. It’ll be foolish to go after Suarez for 40 Million plus Euros. He is already going to miss the first 6 matches from last season’s penalty and judging by past record, could be on suspension for half the next season.

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