Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Gonzalo Higuain Buzz a Promising Sign for Gunners

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 18, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 26: Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Anoeta on May 26, 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty Images)
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The longtime dream of many Arsenal fans to bring in skilled Argentinian striker, Gonzalo Higuain, is closer to coming true, and that's a great sight to see for the Gunners heading into the summer transfer window.

According to Sami Mokbel of Daily Mail, Arsenal have been in deep talks with the 25-year-old's representatives and are prepared to make a £22 million bid to Real Madrid for his services. 

Additionally, Mokbel states that Higuain "has privately agreed to make the switch to the Emirates Stadium this summer," and that Arsenal "are willing to make Higuain their top earner on around £150,000-per-week."

A £22 million deal would shatter the club's current transfer record of £15 million paid to Zenit St. Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin.

But perhaps that won't even be enough to woo Real Madrid, as Dion Dassanayake of the Daily Express reported that Arsenal have been told by Real president, Florentino Perez, that the offer must exceed £25.5 million. 

It's unclear at this point whether Madrid will be willing to stoop to Arsenal's £22 million offer, but we do know that Juventus unsuccessfully offered £18 million for the prized striker, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror

But regardless of the numbers, the potential arrival of Higuain in the North London club should excite Gunners fans and breed hope for the future.

Too many people have forgotten about Higuain, largely due to him falling behind a long list of stars at Real Madrid. While you can certainly earn glory at a top-flight club like Madrid or Barcelona, all too often it ends up taking away playing time and exposure.

Higuain was able to emerge as the premier striker for Los Blancos at times during his career, but fell behind Karim Benzema as of late, provoking a move to another club where he could get the playing time he deserves. 

The lethal Argentinian striker is still a world-class talent, and he's demonstrated it at the highest stage. And that's not only with La Liga, as he's proven to be one of Argentina's best players with 20 goals in 32 appearances.

His ability to create and find space, as well as accurate finishing ability, make him the prototypical striker candidate, and that's exactly what the Gunners need. With a handful of dangerous players to surround Higuain with, this move could turn into a game-changer in the Premier League next season. 

For Arsenal, they spent the entire 2012-13 Premier League season attempting to insert a striker into their formation that would come close to replacing the production of recently-departed star Robin van Persie. Higuain may not be a new-age RVP, but he could be as good as it gets this transfer window.

It's been far too long since Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was able to bring in a household name to Emirates, and Higuain might be the closest thing they get to that.