Why haven't Manchester City moved for Gonzalo Higuain?

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Gonzalo Higuain is tipped to join Arsenal, but why haven't Manchester City pushed ahead with a move?

Numerous reports are this week pressing home the suggestion that Gonzalo Higuain is set to join Arsenal this summer, believed to have agreed terms subject to the Gunners closing a deal with Real Madrid.

Juventus have been the main other club linked with his signature, but are struggling to finance a move - unlike the club who really could - Manchester City.

The finances are the obvious reason for Manchester City to push on for Higuain, they have the ability to better Arsenal when it comes to a bid and his wages.

Secondly there is the issue of opportunity. With Mario Balotelli departed, City are a striker light - and Edin Dzeko consistently linked with moving on.

The Bosnian has been superb at times for City and indifferent at others. Higuain is a more consistent goalscorer and surely few would argue if the club traded in the striker for the Madrid man.

But by far the most interesting aspect which should have laid the foundations for a move is personnel.

From a playing point of view, City could align him alongside Argentina international teammates Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, and also Pablo Zabaleta.

In a World Cup year, the temptation for the striker to play as one part of an Argentine trident attack could have been a gamechanger, and an exciting prospect for the neutral. His international bosses may also have encouraged such a move.

And then there is the management. City's new Spanish hierarchy no doubt would have considered one of La Liga's top strikers, but why they haven't again is a question we are unaware of the answer to.

In Manuel Pellegrini the striker would have been reunited with a coach who oversaw his most prolific season at Real Madrid in 2009/10, where Higuain struck 27 goals in 32 La Liga appearances.

Given the striker's clear availability and all of the above, why City have seemingly given Arsenal a free run at the 25-year-old remains a little perplexing.

It leads us to wonder that City may not be moving for him simply because... they have somebody 'better' lined up. Edinson Cavani perhaps?

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