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A mistake or a sign Arsene Wenger does not really want Gonzalo Higuain?

Gonzalo Higuain

What do differing valuations for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez tell us about Arsenal's transfer plans?

Arsenal may have wrapped up their first pre-season friendly with a stunning 7-0 win, but their transfer business remains unresolved.

The club are no closer to signing Gonzalo Higuain, despite reports in Spain on Friday stating Madrid would negotiate for €30 million and not a penny under.

In which case if Arsenal really wanted him, it's time to slap down an offer and test their resolve.

By contrast, the club have already offered this money, more even, for Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

While that bid was rejected, it leaves on key question - why have Arsenal not submitted the €30 million (£26 million) required to begin official negotiations with Madrid.

If Arsenal really want Higuain, something does not add up to us.

Is the striker the second choice of the club, behind Luis Suarez?

For that is the way it appears at present, and the Argentine striker himself must even be wondering if the Gunners really want him.

Clearly if Arsenal can afford to offer upwards of £30 million for Luis Suarez, they can muster £26 million for Suarez.

The way chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been so vocal about the club's financial strength, and the much touted £70 million 'warchest' tells you that Arsenal could even afford to buy both, not that we see that happening.

But with Madrid stating no bids have come from Arsenal, with no club meeting their asking price, with them in no desperate need to sell, it really could be that Arsene Wenger does not place the striker as his number one priority.

To blame Wenger for the confusion is of course not totally fair. Wenger may very clearly want Higuain, but having headed off to the Far East with his squad, has left negotiations in 'capable hands.'

Which makes us wonder if not meeting Madrid's asking price so far is just a mistake, and the club very much intend to do so after testing the waters with Suarez.

Though Higuain may well wonder why a rich club seemingly so desperate for a marquee big name, is not beating down Madrid's door and meeting their asking price for his signature.

Do they really want him at all? Or is he now simply second choice?

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