While Manchester United are spending the first weeks of the transfer window convincing a striker to stay at the club, the rest of the Premier League top five are desperately attempting to find a new man to lead the line for next season.
However negotiations have been far from smooth. Chelsea’s first choice Radamel Falcao ended up at Monaco, whilst they and Manchester City look likely to miss out on Edinson Cavani as well, with the Uruguayan apparently close to agreeing a move to PSG.
Tottenham Hotspur seemed near to signing David Villa, only for the Spaniard to decide on a move to Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal are perhaps the only side left with their number one target still in play, with their cat-and-mouse game with Real Madrid over Gonzalo Higuain continuing this week with the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez claiming they have not received a bid for the Argentine so far.
Real Madrid’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to discuss Higuain’s future with the striker next week, but it is difficult to see how they can convince the Argentine he will be in line for more first team action next season, and Arsenal fans can be quietly confident of landing their man this summer.
It could be a crucial advantage for the Gunners if they do sign the Madrid player, as the battle at the top of the Premier League next season could come down to which team strengthens their strike force the most, and it will be difficult for their rivals to top Higuain.
However there is a wider concern for the Premier League, especially in Cavani and Falcao’s decision to opt for Ligue 1 rather than move to the top sides in England.
Chelsea and Manchester City are hardly paupers, and could offer both strikers a chance at competing in the Champions League as well as a handsome pay packet. The fact they chose to go to France again demonstrates the new draw of Ligue 1, as well as the financial power of PSG and Monaco.
The transfer window is far from close to shutting, but already the Premier League’s best have failed to land their priorities, and if Arsenal also end up missing out on Higuain, then four of the league’s top five will be settling for their second choice at best.
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