It seems as though Barcelona won't stage a La Liga comeback for Gonzalo Higuain this summer after comments from his agent and brother claiming that there is yet to be contact made between the two parties.
At first, it may sound like a loss to know that Luis Enrique doesn't have the ex-Real forward on his shopping list, but after investing £75 million in Luis Suarez already this summer, it would be an unnecessary luxury for the club.
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Higuain's brother and agent Nicolas was this week quoted by the Express in confirming that there is yet to be any contact between the two parties:
"We have had no contact with the Barcelona directors, nor the Coach. The links with Barcelona are like in a film, there is nothing real about it."
In Naples, the 26-year-old has become a worshipped figure, and although Barca may be able to offer such benefits as more serious trophy competition and the sort, they couldn't make the same promises of first-team football.
The forward is quoted by Serie A expert James Horncastle in saying that he's confident Napoli can win the 2014-15 Italian title:
Higuain in GdS: I wanted the World Cup/Scudetto double like Maradona in 86, winning the WC in Mex then the 1st title with Napoli a yr later— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 6, 2014
Higuain: The first dream is gone, but the other remains. I’m certain of being able to realise it in May— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 6, 2014
After all, as mentioned before, this is the same club that only recently finished up a move to bring in former Liverpool man Suarez, inevitably leading to a disgruntled Higuain and all the disadvantages that come with it.
So committed is the striker to Rafa Benitez's cause that he recently admitted even countryman and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi couldn't convince him to join, per Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Daily Mail's Joe Strange):
Did I want to go to Barcelona? I always told the truth and that is that I wanted to think only of the World Cup and then I would return to Napoli. So I kept quiet and I had nothing to fear, because there was nothing to comment about
Messi said certain things and I can only be flattered by them. I believe that every player would love to play alongside a great champion like him, but that does not mean that I ever wanted to leave.
But if Messi came to Napoli, that would be great.
With a fully fit squad, the presences of Neymar and Lionel Messi mean that seldom will any Barca line-up not comprise of a front three, and Higuain was too often seen wasting his talent on the flank for periods of his stay in Madrid.
But Enrique shouldn't have to settle for such a scenario in any case, and if striking reinforcements are needed at the Camp Nou, there are more financially suitable options at hand.
Neymar and Messi of course offer their own quality when fielded in a No. 9 or 10 capacity, depending on which players are available, with the likes of Pedro and Andres Iniesta also capable of lending a hand should Suarez ever be absent.
However, splashing out for another star of Higuain proportions, a player who would essentially be providing cover as opposed to a director partner, we can assume, would be poor management of money and the men under his command.