Juventus and Arsenal close in on Real Madridís wantaway star Gonzalo Higuain
The Serie A champions Juventus are confident they will acquire the services of Real Madrid’s wantaway striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentinean hit-man has been linked to the Italian outfit for over 12 months, but it’s only now that both clubs have finally agreed to sit at the table to negotiate over a deal.
Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival in the football market has attracted a lot of interest from top notch European clubs. Juventus are the frontrunners in the battle, although mega-rich clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are also interested in Gonzalo Higuain’s signature.
The 25-year-old Argentina international has been closely linked to Arsenal as well. The Gunners plan on signing in the coveted striker this summer, but they have also listed Gonzalo Higuain’s Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema as one of their transfer targets.
Reports suggest Gonzalo Higuain has grown tired of playing in Real Madrid’s second string squad or coming off the bench. Gonzalo Higuain appeared in 44 games for Real Madrid last season, but the majority of those appearances were off the bench.
Gonzalo Higuain managed to score 19 goals and assist nine times, in spite of being used as a benchwarmer for most of the season. The striker now believes his talents are being wasted at Real Madrid and it’s time for him to move on to a new club.
Juventus have a severe shortage of strikers in their squad, which is why they would love to acquire the services of Gonzalo Higuain. The Serie A champions have actually been in pursuit of his signature for a while now, but no conclusive deal has been struck yet.
Meanwhile, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta claims Gonzalo Higuain to be the player who can become the club’s featured striker.
“Higuain? I do not want to say anything, because there is still so much time left for things to happen,” Giuseppe Marotta told Sky Sports on the Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer process. “There is no hurry.”
Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic have also been linked with moves to Juventus. Giuseppe Marotta didn’t hint about his favorite, suggesting both to be “great players but they are also with great clubs, so it would not be right to discuss them”.
It is believed Gonzalo Higuain can be purchased at a cut-price from Real Madrid. The price tag on the Argentinean is speculated to be around £15 million, but the bidding war between clubs can see it increase to around the £20 million region.