This morning we woke up again to see the various rumours surrounding Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine has made it clear he has no desire to stay at Real this summer after seeing his playing time continually diminish over the past couple of the seasons.
That has therefore made him a top transfer target for several European clubs who consider his excellent scoring record as largely a substitute the perfect reason to invest in his talents.
In England the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all recently been strongly linked with the player but no club more so than Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is expected to have £70 million to splash out on top-class players in the summer with Higuain reported to be one of those he is tracking.
And why not?
Arsenal clearly need some striking reinforcements and are once again in the Champions League; on paper it seems a likely deal.
But the club are also after Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina. If both deals were to be completed it would see Wenger blowing the majority of his transfer budget on two attacking talents; which just does not seem very Wenger like now does it?
But regardless of which of the players he goes after it appears that at least one of them will be at Arsenal next season if the comments from their biggest transfer rivals are to be believed.
Juventus are strongly linked with Higuain in today’s Italian press while once again their interest in Jovetic is reported to be mounting.
But Antonio Conte showed off his penchant for humour this weekend when discussing his transfer activity this summer; when asked about the possibility of signing Carlos Tevez or Gonzalo Higuain the Juve supremo stated:
"I like them a lot, but I also like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. You can throw names around like fantasy football but you have to deal with the budget, which is very tight this year.
"We will have to be careful, maybe even go after loan signings. I don't think it will be easy."
Not the words of someone about to prepare a double swoop for two of Arsenal’s most expensive and high-profile targets.
So it appears while the chances of Arsenal bringing both Jovetic and Higuain in are extremely low; the same applies to Juventus.
Leaving one of them odds on to be at The Emirates Stadium next season. Perhaps Arsenal will loan them Bendtner again out of charity.
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