Five surprising clubs which haven't hijacked Arsenal's Higuain deal

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Arsenal are all set to seal a deal for Gonzalo Higuain, but are you not surrprised clubs like Tottenham and Manchester City didn't make a greater push for the striker?

Gonzalo Higuain is almost an Arsenal player, with the striker closing in on his move from Real Madrid.

He will be a monumental addition, a true world class goalscorer who it is hoped will attract further players of his calibre to the club.

Juventus looked at one stage to be ahead of the Gunners for the deal, but were unable to raise the funds necessary and settled on Carlos Tevez in a €10 million deal.

Apart from that, there were some suspect rumours about Napoli being interested a fortnight ago, but that has been about it. It almost seems odd there has not been more competition for his signature from top European clubs, with Arsenal almost afforded a free run at the forward.

Here are five clubs we are surprised have not entered the running...

AC Milan

AC Milan snapped up Mario Balotelli in January, which may just have been why they haven't pursued Higuain. But with Stephan El Shaarawy's form dropping off since his arrival, and a number of clubs interested, it may not have been a surprise to see them cash in and go for the more proven Higuain. With Robinho off and M'Baye Niang unproven, Higuain would have been a clever addition.

Manchester City

Arsenal fans can count themselves lucky City didn't enter the chase for Higuain, with Manuel Pellegrini the coach he enjoyed most success under at Madrid. He would have been reunited with Argentine compatriots Sergio Aguero and even Carlos Tevez had he not been sold. City are interested in signing Alvaro Negredo, but is he better than Higuain? 

Monaco

Monaco don't have Champions League football to offer, but they do have a giant pot of cash. Their signing of Falcao certainly worked in Arsenal's favour, but it would really not have been a surprise to see them spend big on a second striker to partner the Colombian.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund have just snapped up the impressive Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the France's Ligue One, a cheaper but very talented option. They are still hanging onto Robert Lewandowski and appear determined to. Had they cashed in, they may well have put the extra cash towards a more expensive striker like Higuain.

Tottenham

Yes, Tottenham do not have Champions League football to offer, but they do have a mysterious 'partnership' with Real Madrid, announced last summer after the Modric sale. Somewhat oddly it may be a one-way agreement as Spurs aren't getting anything in return save for grief over Gareth Bale. Had they decided to cash in, they could have demanded Higuain in return, keeping him from Arsenal's clutches in the process.

Arsenal fans are you surprised there has not been more competition for Higuain?

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