The Gonzalo Higuain saga has now rumbled on for over a month and we are still in the position of knowing little about his future destination.
At the end of the season the talented Argentine striker openly admitted he wanted to leave Real Madrid this summer for a change of scenery. The likes of Juventus and Arsenal were immediately linked with his coveted signature.
Juventus were soon priced out of a deal and after comments from his brother and father it looked as though things had progressed to the point of being imminent between the striker and The Gunners.
In fact reports even suggested he was in London for a medical on numerous occasions.
Then things went cold and the interest in Luis Suarez went public.
The general belief now is that Arsenal will not meet the €30 million asking price that Los Merengues are asking for the 25-year-old despite his excellent scoring record of a goal every 88 minutes of league football.
Real Madrid are said to be planning clear the air talks with the player in order to convince him to stay at the club; but the fact remains that the rhetoric from the horse’s mouth is one of a desire to leave the Spanish capital.
So Arsenal are still the favourites to sign him if he leaves … unless new interest emerges.
And it looks like it just has.
The Partenopei have an excellent record in bringing in talented Argentines to the club and are now said to be hoping Higuain will be the next name on that list.
But Napoli are not a team said to be blessed with funds and the reports cover that angle as well.
Higuain is to be a direct replacement for Edinson Cavani who it is said will complete a whopping £55 million move to Paris Saint-Germain this week, with some reports suggesting a deal could be done by Tuesday at the earliest.
When that move occurs the Neapolitans will have enough money, with change, to pay the price Madrid want and swoop in and get a quick replacement for Cavani.
So if Arsenal are serious about Higuain, which is starting to become more and more doubtful, they may have to make a move this week before Napoli pay the goods.
Should the Napoli interest worry Arsenal?
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