Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool Could rekindle interest for Higuain.
“Don’t believe it until it’s on Arsenal.com”
That was the lesson from the eventual outcome of the summer long saga which saw us along with Liverpool and Chelsea linked with Gonzalo Higuain as he was declared bound for the exit at Real Madrid. We happened to have met him, agreed a deal in principle, drawn up a payment structure for his fee, fixed the agent’s cut, and got him wearing an Arsenal jersey with photoshop and at the end, he signed for Napoli. Most Gooners still can’t quite work out how we managed not to sign him last summer, but current events over there in Naples appear to suggest we can have a second chance to undo those events.
Reports in the ever rumour crazy media have it that the apparent crisis in Napoli at the moment could give us new inroads towards gaining Higuain this time. The Rafa Benitez tutored side have found it difficult to get going this season after failing to make it to the Group stages of this season’s Champions League after falling to Athletic Bilbao in the play-offs. Worse still is their poor form in the Serie A which has seen them losing two of their three opening games. The club is also finding it uneasy to balance their books with the inability to make the lucrative group stages a major factor.
It now appears Club President De Sanctis may be inclined to invite bids for a host of players to gain some much needed economic flesh. The club had invested hugely over the past couple of seasons, with regular appearances in the Champions League covering those costs as well as the sale of star players Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG serving as a significant revenue stream. There was also the intention to push as hard as possible to wrestle the Serie A from Juventus which has so far not come to fruition. Last season, they could only go as far as the Group of stage of the Champions League, finishing third in the Group that contained Arsenal and Dortmund despite beating Arsenal in the final group game. One player whose tears were uncontrollably flowing on the day was main striker, Gonzalo Higuain. Probably, tears of regret on not joining the team who had qualified at Napoli’s expense.
There may be a chance for him to right that wrong this January window with Liverpool and Chelsea also monitoring the situation with keen interest to also snap up the player should the opportunity spring up once again.
It is noteworthy to state firmly that Arsene Wenger was firmly interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain last summer. There was a general demand for a truly recognized world class striker and the decision to sell him was initially (and even now is still) considered a surprise given his dependable returns. The plus-one-pence bid saga for Suarez did not begin until Higuain was gone and beyond reach.
Now that the opportunity seems to have opened up a little, it is on us to put a foot in and see if we’ll be asked to come in.
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