Real Madrid Transfer News: Los Blancos Should Demand More for Gonzalo Higuain

Justin Onslow@@JustinOnslowNFLContributor IIJuly 11, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their first goal of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Gonzalo Higuain has been rumoured to be on the move for some time, but Arsenal may have to try a little harder to secure a deal with the Argentinian striker.

Sid Lowe of The Guardian reported on July 4 that Real Madrid were preparing to sell Higuain to the Premier League side for £23 million, but that deal may have hit a potential snag.

According to Mark Irwin of The Sun, Real Madrid are holding out for a larger transfer fee, unwilling to deal Higuain for the previously reported sum:

The Gunners were convinced they would seal a club-record £23million deal for the Argentina striker, 25, this week.

But Real president Florentino Perez last night said: “We don’t want Higuain to leave and what’s more no one from Arsenal has come to us and made any offers.”

The Gunners may be determined to get their man, but Emirates boss Arsene Wenger hasn’t exactly been a free spender in the past. If Real Madrid want more money for Higuain, the deal may never happen.

That’s not a bad thing.

Los Blancos have plenty of scoring talent from top to bottom, but Higuain isn’t just another expendable piece of the puzzle—he’s critical to Real Madrid’s future success.

The 25-year-old striker has netted 107 goals in his time with Los Blancos—better than a goal per contest in league action. In that span, he’s also helped Real Madrid to a bevy of trophies and been instrumental in the club’s immense success.

But as quoted by Lowe, Higuain has never felt quite at home with his club:

“No one has gifted me anything. I have had to fight for everything. I want to go somewhere where they really want me."

If Real Madrid want to keep Higuain—and prove to the striker that he is truly wanted by the Spanish giants—they’ll do their best to fend off Arsenal’s attempts at swiping him, especially at £23 million.

Higuain is a tremendously skilled player with all the tools clubs look for in a go-to scorer: He’s quick, heady, creates space off the wing and simply knows how to finish. A player like that shouldn’t be discarded by a club that needs his presence.

Florentino Perez apparently recognizes that need. He realizes Higuain is worth more to the club than the £23 million Arsenal have to offer.

If Los Blancos want to make a point to show Higuain his worth, they’ll at least continue fighting off suitors unwilling to up the ante in pursuit of the talented young striker. Maybe those efforts will be enough to convince Higuain he has reason enough to stay put.