It’s been a while since Arsenal has set pulses racing with a big name signing but the Gunners could be finally about to break the mould with the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.
In an interview with The Sun, Higuain’s father Jorge revealed that negotiations between the player and the club were at an advanced stage although nothing has been made official as of yet.
When asked about the status of the deal, he admitted that Higuain was talking with Arsenal representatives stating that “nothing has yet been signed but I assure you the negotiations between the clubs are at an advanced stage”.
It’s thought that Arsenal are willing to spend a staggering £22m for the Argentine international in an attempt to capture a prolific talisman to fill the void left by Robin Van Persie’s departure back in July last year.
However, The Gunners are still locked in negotiations with Real to settle on an exact fee which Higuain Snr believes in necessary before the deal can go any further declaring that “we won’t agree a contract before the clubs reach a transfer deal. I’m sure Arsenal made a big offer, and Juventus.”
Whilst no fee has yet to be agreed, it’s widely expected that Higuain’s transfer would break Arsenal’s club record of £15m when the club signed Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg back in January 2009.
The Argentine’s reputation is one of the best in the whole of Europe with the striker netting 122 goals in 266 appearances for Real Madrid.
On top of that, Higuain has also impressed at international record for Argentina with a formidable record of 20 goals in only 32 games.
His pace and finishing skills is something that will fit in well into Arsenal’s system which lacked that killer instinct for much of last season.
Despite his prowess though, Higuain has sometime been criticised for a lack of work rate and team work which may hinder his standing with Arsene Wenger.
Wenger hasn’t had much luck in recent years after spending big with the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Jose Antonio Reyes who failed to live up to their reputation after spending several years at the club.
Big transfers always are a risky business but if Arsenal are going to get back into the title hunt, they will need to secure the signatures of players such as Gonzalo Higuain to have any chance of clearing the cobwebs from their trophy cabinet.