Controversial move touted for £34 million Arsenal striker target

Gonzal Higuain, linked with Arsenal last summer, has been linked with a controversial switch to Barcelona.

Gonzalo Higuain was a prominent figure in gossip columns last summer, as he plotted an exit from Real Madrid.

The Argentine was strongly linked with a transfer to Premier League side Arsenal, a transfer which with hindsight may have secured the Gunners the title.

Arsenal landed up missing out, with Higuain signing for Napoli instead for £34 million, and he repaid the Italian side with 24 goals and 12 assists.

That form and his previous track record in Spain has however seen the striker linked with a move back to La Liga, but the destination is a controversial one.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo link him with signing for Barcelona, stating he is on the club's shortlist this summer.

There's no doubting his goalscoring talent, but Higuain would not find any switch to Barcelona to be a universally popular one, due to his years at Real Madrid.

Higuain scored 122 goals for the side, and is likely to have his own personal reservations about signing for his old rivals.

A delve into the past and the hysteria whipped up by Luis Figo's switch in the opposite direction illustrates the bitterness between the El Clasico rivals.

Barcelona's links appear to stem from Higuain's international partnership with Lionel Messi, and the aspiration to help the former Ballon d'Or recapture his best form after a season where his form dipped.

Even for Higuain to leave Napoli after just one year, or for the Italian club to sell their record signing so soon, would certainly come as a major shock.



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