It is reported that Gonzalo Higuain is likely to stay with Real Madrid ... but on June 1st he said he was leaving the club.
I am a pretty fickle person, but not on the scale that Gonzalo Higuain would have to be to not leave Real Madrid this season.
I am fickle as in changing my mind on what to have for lunch, or whether to go to the gym or become involved in a committed relationship (OK that last one might be serious).
But if Higuain was to perform a U-turn it would involve him changing his mind about leaving a multi-million Euro job in one country for another equally as handsome figured employment.
Today we are led to believe that Higuain will return to pre-season with Real on Monday and hold talks with Carlo Ancelotti about his role at the club; which might see him change his mind about an exit.
But it wasn’t long ago that the Argentine striker had made it clear he no longer wished to play for Real Madrid.
After captaining the Spanish side to a 4-2 win in Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge of the club on the 1st June, a game in which he opened the scoring against Osasuna, Higuain was clear about his future:
‘’I'm going to leave Madrid. Now I have been here seven years and now I've made my decision: I want a change of scenery. I decided together with my family … and I leave happy: I won titles, I was captain of the Real, and the people shouted my name in chorus."
But back then it was not Arsenal leading the charge for the player; rather it was Juventus. However since then Juve have signed Carlos Tevez and no longer have the funds to pull off a deal.
‘’I have not decided where I will play but the club knows that I want to leave. Now we think about it, but no one does talk about me. Concrete offer and I like Juventus, a club with history, but I do not know where I will go. Here I leave some friends, which is not easy, but I really want a change of scenery."
You can this with a pinch of salt, for example Higuain also once said he could retire at the Bernabeu.
But that was three years ago in 2010; this was a little over a month ago.
But what about what everything else other people have been saying?
Florentino Perez, Real’s president, for instance claims Arsenal have not even made an approach for the player.
But Perez says a lot of things.
What about his father and his brother?
They say Arsenal were on the brink of a deal.
Does it matter? No, what matters is what Higuain said, as he holds all the power in this deal.
And he has so far not said any different on the matter.
Do I think Higuain is fickle? No, I think he still feels the same way and wants a move and if Arsenal can get the right price he will be on his way.
Arsenal are used to disappointment in the transfer market and while this deal certainly seems to be going away from them I still think Higuain to Arsenal is more likely than Suarez.
And I still believe the deal will go through.
Call me an optimist, call me naïve; but I still think Higuain could be an Arsenal player by this time next week.
Do you think the Higuain move is dead or alive?
image: © dundasfc