Arsenal are on the brink of landing Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, after Real Madrid have granted permission to the player and his agent to have a tete-a-tete negotiation with the London club.
According to reports from The Guardian, the Argentine is on his way to North London to complete his £23 million switch. The Gunners are thought to have offered him a three year contract worth up to £100,000 per week.
“We managed to get permission from Real Madrid to negotiate face to face with Arsenal,” said Higuaín’s father and agent, Jorge Higuaín to Fox Sports Latin America. “Fortunately, I will soon be able to watch my son play in the Premier League.”
Higuain has been subject to interest from several European heavyweights, with Arsenal and Juventus being the firm favourites to land the 25-year-old, who admitted at the end of last season that he would leave Madrid in the summer.
The Italian giants showed tremendous interest early on to sign him, but as often with their cases, their interest cooled off, once Madrid slapped the £25 million price tag on the player’s head.
Arsene Wenger, armed with a transfer war-chest of £70 million, went hell for leather for Higuain, with the English press claiming, that a deal had already been struck before Madrid’s new manager was appointed, a report that was later refuted by Spanish media.
What was a cagey affair for most part of the summer so far, slowly worked out in Arsenal’s favour following a change of heart from the Italian giants, Juventus who decided to sign Higuain’s compatriot Carlos Tevez instead.
Further, a twist in the tale came with the emergence of reports that Carlo Ancelotti has blocked Higuain’s proposed move to Arsenal. However, the North London outfit seem to have got their man finally, crossing all the impediments, after they agreed a deal with Madrid.
Should Higuain maintain his impressive goalscoring ratio for the Los Blancos, he could well turn out to be a great signing for the Gunners. Not only are the North Londoners are getting a quality striker from whom goals (107 league goals in 190 games for Madrid) are guaranteed, but also sounding out a strong statement of intent to their rivals.
Signings like these not only lift the atmosphere around the dressing room, but it will also inject a serum of belief within the players and the fans that they are now capable of fighting with other top clubs financially.
The cloud of pessimism that had shrouded the Emirates will for sure be replaced with an air of bubbling optimism.
Gonzalo Higuain needed a move for his own good. He wanted to join a club where he would get utmost attention and importance along with a strong platform.
More than Arsenal needed him; it was Higuain who needed the club to rock-stay his sledging career.