Arsenal have been strongly linked with the signature of Argentine international Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid in recent weeks; with it reported yesterday that the club was ready to splash £19 million on the Real Madrid fringe striker.
It is a deal that on paper makes sense.
At just 25-years-old he has never truly been given the reins at the Bernabeu. Despite this the French-born striker has still managed to score 120 goals in 264 appearances; many of which have come as a substitute.
But Arsenal face competition. Juventus are hoping to continue their revitalisation in the striking department by adding Higuain to the signing of Fernando Llorente; who arrives on a Bosman transfer from Athletic Bilbao this summer.
So there is little doubt about the allure of Higuain and indeed the underappreciated quality he will bring to a new club.
This week he has been given yet another ringing endorsement by none other than Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
The 52-year-old Argentine spent seven years in Serie A with Napoli and believes that should Juventus snap up Higuain he would be a deadly striker in the Italian league next season; going so far as to say he would claim the capocanonniere prize as the league’s top-scorer:
"If Higuain becomes a Juventus player and gets regular first team action, I am convinced that he can win the capocanonniere trophy next season,"
And it would not be a bad bet. Goals are few and far between in Serie A and this season’s top scorer is Edinson Cavani with 29 goals; however he looks almost certain to leave Stadio San Paolo this summer so veteran striker Antonio Di Natale with 23 is your next best option (although Mario Balotelli scored 12 in half a season).
Maradona was a big fan of Higuain’s whilst manager of the Argentina national team and has seen him up close well enough to make an accurate estimate of his talents.
This commendation is bad news for Arsenal. Because it is looking increasingly likely that Higuain is on his way to Turin rather than North London; after his brother and agent Nicolas Higuain admitted meeting with Bianconeri officials the other day.
If Higuain does go on to fulfil his legendary compatriots prophecy Arsenal may be left kicking themselves in the teeth to have not seen off their Italian transfer rivals.
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