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£19 million Arsenal target could stay if former Chelsea boss wants him

A report in Spain suggests that should Carlo Ancelotti give him assurances of first-team football Gonzalo Higuain may stay with Real Madrid next season.

Gonzalo Higuain is certainly one of the players you are going to have to get used to in the column inches this summer.

The Argentine striker has been continuously linked with a move away from Real Madrid in 2013 as doubts over his strained relationship with Bernabeu officials continue to emerge.

The former River Plate striker has an excellent scoring record for a player largely used off the bench but with competition for a starting place tough he has finally appeared to have had enough of waiting for his chance.

Juventus have been strongly linked with his signature this week. It was reported by some sources that a deal had even been finalised; a report that was later dismissed by the players agent and brother Nicolas.

Madrid are reportedly after £25 million for the player and Juventus were said to be prepared to meet that; while their biggest transfer rivals were only set to go as far as £19 million.

That club is Arsenal and The Gunners continue to be linked with the signing of the 25-year-old frontman.

When his agent distanced himself from reports of a move to Juventus there is little doubt that it had Arsenal fans licking their lips and rubbing their hands; Higuain at Arsenal?

Finally a big name signing to send a message to the rest of Europe that Arsenal mean business this season; with silverware dangerously in their grasps.

But a report from Fichajes today might make ugly reading for the Gunners faithful.

They believe that Higuain may stay with Real Madrid rather than seek a move anywhere; contrary to the many recent reports.

So why do they think this?

Well essentially they feel that with a new manager, widely believed to be Carlo Ancelotti, arriving in the place of Jose Mourinho that Higuain might just wait for now and see if he is held in higher favour by the new gaffer then he was by the departing ‘Special One’.

They make a good point. Before he leaves the Bernabeu a meeting with Ancelotti at least is surely necessary to see if the current Paris Saint-Germain manager has any preferences to whether he stays or goes.

It is certainly a new twist on the Higuain saga. While previously the question always seemed to be; where will Higuain go? That has now changed to simply; will Higuain go?

That may depend on a conversation he has with a former Chelsea manager this summer.

Do you think Higuain is likely to stay in Spain?

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