Napoli’s 4-2 defeat to Lazio in Rafa Benitez’s final game in charge meant that the home side missed out on Champions League football next season with their opponents securing that prize at their expense.
Gonzalo Higuain’s brace was in vain as he also missed a penalty whilst the scores were level, meaning his future at the club is in major doubt.
According to the Express, Manchester United are interested in bolstering their forward line with the signing of Higuain this summer whilst Arsenal made strong advances for the forward before he moved to Naples.
However, United will not be able to secure his signature easily. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has stated that they will not accept anything less than £40 million for Higuain this summer, per Talksport.
With Radamel Falcao already having returned to Monaco after scoring just four goals during his recent loan spell and Robin van Persie’s long-term future at the club in doubt, United’s priority this summer must be securing a world-class striker to lead their push for a 14th Premier League title next season.
Higuain is a proven top class striker, who has scored goals wherever he has played throughout his career. The 27-year-old is in his prime, having scored 53 goals in 102 appearances since moving to Napoli from Real Madrid last summer.
With his fellow countrymen Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo already at United and several more Spanish speakers on the books at Old Trafford, Higuain would have some friendly faces in the dressing room should he join.
But despite their failure to qualify for the Champions League and Higuain’s desire to play at the highest level possible, Napoli are still reluctant to sell and will hold out for at least the fee which they paid for him two years ago.
Although his goal-scoring ability is not in question, Louis van Gaal is likely to be looking for a striker who is capable of playing up front on his own and linking up constantly with the midfield. This means there are question marks as to whether Higuain has the all-round game to be a star at United, should they pursue him this summer.