Reports in this morning’s British press will have fans of the Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal rumours jumping for whatever joy you can find in the mundanity of footballs most protracted transfer rumour.
According to the Mail on Sunday the biggest rivals for the Argentine striker’s coveted signature have walked away from proceedings. Napoli are apparently not willing to match the reported €35 million that Los Blancos want for the talented front-man. If these reports are correct then it will be the second time this weekend that the Italian outfit have left Arsenal with a clear path to a transfer target after they pulled out of a deal to sign QPR stopper Julio Cesar on Friday evening in order to pursue Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.
But while that is the report from here in the UK out on the continent it is a very different story regarding the interest of the Neapolitans in Higuain.
According to the print version of Italy’s leading sport paper La Corriere dello Sport the club are more than willing to meet the €35 million asking price-tag on the strikers head.
Aurelio de Laurentiis, the club president, has money to spend this summer after selling Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for a massive €64 million last week and obviously a replacement in the striking department is his main priority.
‘’It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao. The money we got for (Edinson) Cavani was 64.5million euros and added to the 60million euros we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be 124.5million euros to carefully invest on Napoli.’’
Today Higuain will be in England; but not discussing a deal or having a medical with Arsenal, he will instead line up against Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly at Dean Court and British media are sure to send journalists down to Dorset in an attempt to get another word in for the want-away striker; with Arsenal fans hoping that the English reports on Napoli’s interest carry more truth then those in Italy.
Who do you believe? The English or Italian reports?
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