There is only one way it seems that Gonzalo Higuain could end up at Arsenal.
While a fortnight ago it appeared that Arsenal were on the verge of signing Gonzalo Higuain, the scenario suddenly looks anything but.
Napoli's chairman confirmed they had entered negotiations with Real Madrid, while the player himself revealed that Chelsea were interested.
This has had the effect of pushing the striker's price up to almost £35 million, if reports are to be believed, a substantial increase on the original figures touted, as Madrid look to get a bidding war going.
That's one way of looking at it, the other is that they simply do not want to sell, and will accept only exceptional offers.
Today Higuain's agent Enzo Bronzetti claimed that the striker is now expected to stay at Madrid, who are likely to spurn even Napoli's advances, who just netted more than £50 million from selling Edinson Cavani.
He said: "Carlo Ancelotti will do everything possible to convince Higuain to stay put. Could he join Napoli? I think that’s out of the question too – I don’t think that they will be able to sign him."
But there is one way Arsenal may have a chance still, even if it has grown dramatically slimmer over the last fortnight.
That is if Higuain has his heart set on the Gunners.
He could tell Real Madrid that there is only one club he wants to play for next season, and that is Arsenal, and will hold out until a deal is agreed between the two sides.
Actions like this could bring Arsenal back to the negotiating table with an improved offer, which as the situation drags out may become more acceptable to Madrid once it becomes clear he is not going to be any use to Carlo Ancelotti.
How likely is it? As stated, the chances of this happening have diminished, after Arsenal seemingly cast him aside to focus on Luis Suarez instead.
Footballers like to have their ego's stroked, and this treatment will have done the opposite, possibly even annoying him somewhat, that Arsenal are prepared to pay big money, just not for him.
If Arsenal did drop their interest in Suarez, and it sounds like they may have to, they could blow the situation wide open by meeting Real Madrid's price tag.
They have the money, as proved by their offers for the Liverpool man, they just need to show Madrid and Higuain they want him badly enough, as the two are not quite 100 per cent committed to each other just yet.
Is a deal dead, or could it be revived? What do you think?
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