Arsenal Transfer News: Attacking Alternatives to Gonzalo Higuain

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2013

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 25:  Wilfried Bony of Vitesse reacts to a missed chance during the Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse Arnhem at Philips Stadion on November 25, 2012 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Although the deal seemed close to a sure thing but several days ago, Arsenal’s move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain now appears to be in danger.

The Gunners have been linked with Higuain for some weeks now as they seek to cure their woes in front of goal, woes that 2012 arrivals Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud didn’t solve.

According to Wayne Veysey of, Arsene Wenger’s side had been preparing a €27 million offer for Higuain’s services.

However, Los Merengues president Florentino Perez is reported by Univision (h/t Sky Sports) as saying that no bids have been received and that the player—who announced his intentions to leave Real at the end of last season—is still wanted at the Bernabeu.

With this seemingly new sense of admiration for the Argentine, the Madrid club may yet end up hanging on to Higuain’s signature, meaning Arsenal will be expected to look elsewhere for a star forward.


Stevan Jovetic

One of the Gunners’ original transfer targets this summer, Stevan Jovetic would be the most logical alternative for the club, considering it wasn’t long ago that he seemed to be their priority.

The Guardian report that Mario Gomez will join Fiorentina subject to a medical this summer, meaning that Jovetic may be able to move on as a result.

What’s more, Arsenal’s competition for the 23-year-old appears to have been lessened after Charles Perrin of the Express alleged that Juventus would no longer pursue the young Montenegrin.

In many ways, Higuain and Jovetic represent the same style of striker, athletic and versatile with a keen eye for goal.

At this point, it’s unknown as to how much Arsenal would need to fork out in signing Jovetic, but with a large transfer kitty reportedly at their disposal, one wouldn’t think the youngster is out of Wenger’s reach.


Wilfried Bony

Having finished the 2012-13 Eredivisie season as top scorer, Wilfried Bony has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs in recent months.

The Vitesse Arnhem forward managed to net 31 goals in the Dutch top flight, despite featuring in just 30 matches.

Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star has linked the Gunners with a move for the Ivorian international, dubbed the “new Didier Drogba” by some, but the North Londoners are bound to face competition.

Mandeep Sanghera of BBC Sport says that Swansea City are the team closest to winning Bony’s services with Michael Laudrup’s outfit ready to finalise a £13 million switch.

That being said, one should still think there might be time for the Gunners to stage a late bid for the 24-year-old, who would cost considerably less than some other targets linked with the club.


Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney’s situation at Manchester United has grown more and more confusing this summer, with some outlets reporting David Moyes as wanting to repair the relationship between club and player while some say otherwise.

Several weeks ago, Simon Mullock of the Mirror reported that Arsenal had made a £20 million offer for Rooney’s services but that the Red Devils had quickly rejected the approach.

However, such a transfer could work for both clubs and the player, provided Manchester United were to receive a fee deemed adequate by the reigning Premier League champions.

Although his reputation as a star striker has diminished slightly in recent years, there’s no doubting that the player could succeed were he to be given more attacking responsibility at the Emirates Stadium.

At the moment, Rooney fits into an attacking formation constructed to suit Robin van Persie, whereas he would be more of the focus under Arsene Wenger.

Regardless, wages remain a massive obstacle in any prospective deal between Arsenal and Rooney, a player who currently rakes in around £250,000 a week.