Should Arsenal match Napoli’s offer for Gonzalo Higauin?

Arsenal are set to have a decision on their hands, with reported target Gonzalo Higuain apparently attracting real interest from Napoli. The Serie A side, who have recently sold Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain, are thought to have had an offer in excess of £30 million accepted by Real Madrid and as such are in the ascendancy in the race to sign the talented Argentine.

Earlier in the summer it looked as though it was only a matter of time before Higuain moved to the Emirates, with our favourite sports betting company dramatically shortening the odds on the South American moving to north London. However, a deal was not completed and the whole saga seems to have stalled over the last fortnight.

Napoli finished second in Serie A last season, and after the sale of Cavani will look for a big-name striker to lead their line next term. The San Paolo club have a rich history of Argentinian players at the club, such as Maradona and more recently Ezequiel Lavezzi, and are certainly not short of cash following Cavani’s sale.

Arsenal also have money to spend, but Arsene Wenger has seemingly continued in his usual pragmatic approach to the transfer window. Although other names, such as Luis Suarez, are being linked with a move to the Gunners, Higuain must still be in the club’s sights.

The fee to sign Higuain and match Napoli’s offer would be a new club record fee, but less than what Arsenal would need to pay Liverpool for Suarez. Higuain’s pedigree is second to none, and he would certainly bring a real goalscoring threat to the club – one that could help the Gunners sustain a Premier League title challenge.

The remainder of the transfer saga surrounding Higuain will show Arsenal’s ambitions ahead of the new season. Should Wenger decide to splash the cash in an attempt to bring him to the Emirates, it will be seen as a real statement of intent and a boost to the squad. However, should Napoli’s bid not be matched it will lead to frustration and annoyance amongst a fanbase that is desperate for some big-name signings.

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  1. Ian Hawthorne says:

    Yes NOW and I mean right NOW
    Everybody knos as soon as Higuain is sold then Madrid will bid for Suarez and we will be left with the dregs. If Wenger doesn’t match Napoli’s offer then he deserves to be sacked.
    Higuain wants to come to Arsenal otherwise he ould already be a Napoli player.
    Suarez wants Madrid otherise he ould already be an Arsenal player
    You don’t have to have many brain cells to work out what is going to happen

  2. abdul nigeria says:

    As me we nont need im let 4 rooney or suar or fulan

  3. I.P. from South Africa says:

    Whilst the Board, Wenger and Gazides procrastinate we are losing out on all the worth-while, top class players. Arsenal should forget about Suarez with all his disgraceful manners and go better than Napoli and buy Higuain at once.
    Furthermore, Arsenal need to urgently acquire another striker who is able to hold up the ball properly. Whilst Geroud may be improving, he is not a consistent ball player with the necessary finesse. A top class holding midfielder and at least one top class centre back are essentials IF Arsenal even wish to have a sniff at the PL title.

  4. Savage says:

    It’s an interesting dilemma. Usually Wenger goes for the cheaper option and we cry foul when he could have paid more for the better player. In this case, assuming Suarez is possible, we’re doing the reverse. However, if we end up with nothing, then missing out Higuain would be a mistake.

    I’m just getting a little uneasy about Madrid cast-offs. Granero and Sahin came spectacularly short.

  5. Rom Ramirez says:

    No way, not at all. I say go full blown for Suarez (If he’ll ever be made available to us)

  6. Dave says:

    If Arsenal miss out on Higuain to Napoli, I will be peeved as Arsene’s lack of inactivity in the transfer market will cost us of any chance of challenging for the premiership again this year. Wenger dilly dathers around trying to haggle over 1 or 2 million when he has a 70 million plus warchest to spend on marque signings – which we still haven’t seen yet. But other clubs have made a number of signings already to strengthen their squads, no we still haven’t and are now likely to miss all of our top targets, we also need a top keeper which we haven’t really replaced Seaman & then Lehman – along with a striker good keepers can win and save matches which proves you should spend good money a keeper as well as a top striker – Spurs improved once they signed Lloris. So Wenger stop fussing about ans spend the money now on quality signings before they get pissed off over waiting and join other clubs.

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