July seems an odd time for the same thing to happen again, but Spurs might have finally done just that without a single ball being kicked.
The London Evening Standard, Marca and others are reporting that Real Madrid are finally giving up the ghost—for how long is anyone’s guess—on Gareth Bale. This, of course, seems either entirely inconsequential or an annoyance to most in the red half of North London.
However, there was for a time a report that Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain was to be used as a makeweight in the deal for Bale. The idea was certainly one that sparked a little discussion among both sides of the London divide earlier on this site.
But if Bale is set to spend another summer skirting about London, it might free up Higuain to finally make the move to England.
It also helps Arsenal that Juventus’ interest seems to have waned in Higuain, according to International Business Times. A bidding war might have stunted a move further than the already protracted move has gone on.
Madrid finally has no need to hold on to the player outside of making sure the fee for the sale is agreed. Seemingly everything else has been secured, including personal terms and the number for the fee—if not an actual agreement by Goal.com’s reckoning—itself.
Waiting too much longer might give Higuain a chance to impress boss Carlo Ancelotti and possibly scupper a move altogether. While that does not seem likely, the longer things progress, the more likely a breakdown might occur.
Plus, as Martin Samuel at the Mail states, getting one signing done might open up the door for more moves as other players see how serious the club is taking this transfer window. While some of the recent acquisitions have been good players, they have not had quite the name or star power Higuain has with Madrid.
With the preseason soon beginning, it would also be worthwhile to get Higuain in and accustomed to the style of the rest of the first team. Having the forward ready to go from the off would go a long way toward challenging for honors this season.
People want to believe Arsenal’s board when they said they were going to spend big. They could do a lot to back those claims up by getting the Argentine through the door soon.