Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Gonzalo Higuain a Target If Sergio Aguero Bid Fails

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17:  Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina celebrates scoring his second goal with team mate Sergio Aguero during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and South Korea at Soccer City Stadium on June 17, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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With Cesc Fabregas ready to be sacrificed by Barcelona in a big-money move back to English football, the Catalan giants have focused their efforts on their incoming targets.

David Kent of the Mail Online reports that the Nou Camp team will attempt to purchase former Real Madrid goal machine Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, if they cannot conclude a deal to bring Sergio Aguero to the club from Manchester City.

Football Espana, via Eurosport, report that Barcelona would have to start the bidding above the £32.5 million mark to convince the Serie A club to part with their striking star, but this is significantly less than any move for Aguero would cost.

New Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has made Aguero his No. 1 target this summer, per Nick Lustig of the Daily Star. With the potential sales of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, the Nou Camp team would have the funds to tempt City with a huge offer.

Barca will be encouraged by recent public comments made by Aguero's father, who confirmed that his son would love to play for Enrique's revamped team.

He said to AS, per Chris Waugh of the Mail Online: "He would love to go to Barcelona but Manchester City will make it impossible [for Aguero to go]."

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 06:  Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli with Tim Cup before the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on May 6, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Higuain and Aguero both had excellent goalscoring seasons last term. Higuain starred in his first year at Napoli, hitting 22 goals in 41 domestic league and European matches, per

Aguero was hit with injury during City's campaign but still managed to post figures of 26 goals in just 32 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League combined, per

Either player would be a significant capture for Barcelona. With a new era beginning under a fresh and hungry young manager it would be a statement of intent by a super-club who underachieved last season, considering their high standards.

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Both of the Argentine pair are predatory strikers, and Barca have not explored this type of purchase for a long time. Their midfield-heavy approach and passing philosophy has left the goal count to be provided by Lionel Messi and company.

But Higuain and Aguero would offer real bite and points in a direction that Enrique could change the style and tactics of the team.

Higuain has great knowledge of La Liga and the demands of trying to win the competition, and with his fee being significantly lower than Aguero's, he would be a fantastic buy. 

However, Aguero is one of world football's elite players. His record at City this year was the tipping point in the title race, allowing the Sky Blues to win the Premier League for the second time in three years.

An Aguero and Messi partnership would scare every side in Spain and Europe, but Barcelona would surely have to tempt City with close to a world-record fee to get their man.