Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and More

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

ROME, ITALY - MAY 03:  Gonzalo Higuain of SSC Napoli during the TIM Cup final match  between ACF Fiorentina and SSC Napoli at Olimpico Stadium on May 3, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Barcelona are currently "haggling a fee" with Napoli for the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain, according to Spanish press.

The Argentinian striker's potential move—which would raise a major talking point considering he used to represent Real Madrid—is said to be getting closer, as reported by M. C. Torres of Marca:

Barcelona are within striking distance of sealing a deal to bring Gonzalo Higuain back to 'La Liga'. Following some extremely hush-hush negotiations, Luis Enrique's new-look Barça frontline is close to taking shape.

The forward has agreed terms at the Camp Nou and now the two clubs are haggling over the fee.

Torres says the forward's price is proving to be a "stumbling block," a situation that represents progress considering Napoli recently suggested reports are "entirely unfounded" and stem from a "lack of foundation," reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror, via the club's official Twitter account:

Barcelona are certainly looking to add a traditional striking threat during the summer. Sergio Aguero was reportedly the "name at the top of their hitlist," according to Torres, but Manchester City's unwillingness to sell ensures such a high-profile transfer is extremely difficult.

Aguero recently reaffirmed his desire to remain with the English champions, an occurrence that seems to take place every transfer window, reported by Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star:

"There's lots of talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona." said Aguero. "It's always the same every year, but the truth is that I'm going to stay at City. I'm very happy and I'm going to continue there."

Despite current distractions, Lionel Messi would certainly settle for Higuain heading to the Camp Nou. "I would love Higuain to come to Barca," said the Argentinian icon, reported by "He'd bring a lot to us. But my head is with the World Cup today."

New FCB boss Luis Enrique isn't only focused on bringing in attacking talent. His scouting staff have noted young Cruzeiro defensive midfielder Lucas Silva as "one to watch," per an alternate Torres report. A summer of change awaits in Catalonia, as Barcelona look to rebuild after the failures of Gerardo Martino's season in charge.

Higuain's signing would certainly be a surprise—especially as Napoli have denied any contact between the clubs—but adding a proven La Liga striker would be a shrewd decision. Barcelona's lack of out-and-out finishers harmed their chances last year. Higuain could become a central figure other than Messi for the side to base their play around, opening up further tactical options than we've come to expect in recent times.

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The Napoli striker has netted double figures in each of his last five domestic campaigns, per Even if Higuain's overall play starts lacking, his finishing ability ensures he is always capable of slotting home. If Barca provide the service, Higuain will provide the goals.