Gonzalo Higuain Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Real Madrid Star
Gonzalo Higuain has been at the fore of a lot of transfer chatter over the past few seasons.
Despite his 19 goals this past season, bringing his tally to 111 goals over the last five years, Higuain may have seen his last match at Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old does have a contract through 2016, but he has experienced a slight drop in match-time and has a few suitors looking to lure him away from the Spanish capital.
So where will Higuain be playing football next season?
Over the next several weeks, this article will keep you informed on the most important news in Gonazalo Higuain's transfer saga.
Be sure to check back for updates and let us know of any new developments in the comments section below.
Latest Update: Wednesday June 19
Arsenal Clear Favorites
Gonzalo Higuain's transfer saga could be close to ending, as Arsenal has emerged as the striker's likely destination.
According to the Mirror, the Gunners have successfully fended off Juventus, as the Italian club has turned their attention to Carlos Tevez and Stevan Jovetic.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal will land the striker for just £22 million and that the deal might be finished this week.
Arsene Wenger looks to have landed this big coup for the front of his lineup, freeing him up to look at needs elsewhere.
For Higuain, his next challenge will be a big one, as he will look to sustain his numbers despite switching from Real Madrid to Arsenal.
Arsenal Closing In?
Arsenal look poised to sign Gonzalo Higuain in the coming days.
According to Madrid newspaper Marca, Arsenal is ready to meet the asking price of €30 million, about €8 million more than Juventus has offered for the striker.
If true, the price would represent the highest transfer fee the Gunners have ever paid, almost doubling their previous record of £13 million for Sylvain Wiltord in 2000.
For the 25-year-old Higuain, the move would offer a fresh start in an unfamiliar league that offers new challenges.
Juventus Losing Interest?
Juventus could be cooling on the idea of signing Gonzalo Higuain this summer.
The fee issue stems from Juve's £18.7 million bid, about £7 million short of Madrid's asking price for the striker.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Italian mass media company Mediaset:
If Juventus are thinking about offering €30m for him then it would be better if they don’t even turn up because that will not be enough.
But we have not yet received any offers for Gonzalo and that is including Juventus.
This could rule Juve out of the running for Higuain's signature.
Arsenal Prepare Bid
Arsenal threw their hat in on the race for Gonzalo Higuain's services next season in early June.
According to the Sun, the London club is interested in purchasing the striker and he is interested in playing for them:
Arsenal? That would suit me. I’m still young and have more goals to score.
Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4960166/Gonzalo-Higuain-lined-up-by-Arsenal-for-19million-move.html#ixzz2WUS9HJma
The move would suit the Gunners well, as they hope to bolster their front line after a sub-par season from their strike force.
Higuain Wants out of Madrid
After opening the scoring against Osasuna in Real Madrid's final La Liga match of the season, Gonzalo Higuain made his intentions for this summer clear.
In a post-match interview, the Argentine striker told reporters that he was ready to move on from the club:
I feel like my time here has come to an end. I need a change of scenery. The decision has been made.
With Higuain's proclamation that he is available on the market this summer, clubs across Europe have been put on alert.
Juventus Join the Race
Serie A champion Juventus entered the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain in early May.
The Italian outfit quickly gained a leg up on Tottenham, immediately opening talks with the striker's representatives (via TalkSport).
Juve is in the market for a new option at striker, as both Nicklas Bendtner and Nicolas Anelka contributed little to the club's cause this season.
Higuain to Be Bait for Bale?
As early as March (via Metro), Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with a move to Premier League outfit Tottenham in a swap deal for Gareth Bale.
Real Madrid is reportedly ready to go all in on signing Welsh superstar Bale (via Mirror) and Higuain could be used as bait for the move.
Spurs are in desperate need of a striker, so acquiring the Argentinean would soften the blow of losing their best player.
Further, the move would potentially save Madrid money in the deal.