Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Would Gonzalo Higuain Be Worth the Money?

Des CookeContributor IIIAugust 14, 2011

TIANJIN, CHINA - AUGUST 06: Gonzalo Higuain (R) of Real Madrid and Marko Zoric of Tianjin Taida in action during the pre-season friendly match between Tianjin Teda and Real Madrid at Water Drop Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Tianjin, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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One of the latest Liverpool transfer rumours was that Real Madrid and Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain would be subject to a bid from Liverpool. This was an interesting rumour, as Higuain has not been linked with Liverpool thoughout the summer unlike other targets, such as Scott Dann or Gary Cahill. He is unwanted at Real Madrid, due to a large and growing amount of strikers. 

Liverpool would certainly benefit from the signing of Higauin, because their main two striking options, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, could be injured at any time. Suarez is not injury-prone, but Carroll was out for nearly half of last season due to injury.

They do have an able deputy in Dirk Kuyt, but he is not getting any younger and is bound to get a bad injury at some point. With two strikers out, the duties fall to David N'gog, a player who is, unfortunately, not a good enough player to play at Anfield. 

So Higuain would certainly come in handy if there was a bad injury spell at Liverpool, but would Higuain be okay with often starting on the bench?

There is little chance that Carroll will be dropped from the team after being signed for £35 million, and not playing Suarez after his performances last season would be a crime against football. After all, isn't Higuain leaving Madrid so he can play more first-team football?

One of the pros of signing Higuain, a very very talented football player, is that he scored 24 goals the first year he was the first-choice striker at Madrid. Him linking up with fellow South American Suarez is also a mouthwatering prospect.

The last problem with Higuain, though, is that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho would be unlikely to part with him for less than £30 million. Would it really be worth that much just for a bit part player?

I do not think that it would be worth spending that much money on a backup striker, and would personally like to see the money spent on a center back or winger, or both.

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