If this story is true, it should certainly leave Arsenal with no competition for one of the biggest transfer targets Gonzalo Higuain. Juventus are believed to have been going toe-to-toe with the Gunners for the signature of the Argentinean striker, but they were baulking at paying anything over £20 million, so the Madrid president may have sent them packing for good with his latest statement.
Florentino Perez was speaking about various transfers this summer, both in and out of the Spanish capital, and he is clearly annoyed that any player they want seems to rocket in value, while they struggle to get any decent price when they sell. Maybe it is the fact that Madrid regularly spends silly money, has made the top four record signings in the world, had a team called the Galacticos and once paid almost £140 million for two players in the same year. Perez certainly seems to think that Higuain is worth more than the papers are saying, though.
He said, “With £25 million, it’s better they don’t come.
“Let’s see if people ask us for £50 million for everyone and we sell one of ours for half that.”
Real Madrid have still not appointed a manager to replace Jose Mourinho. They wanted Ancelotti, but PSG are reluctant to release him. Perez has said that he thought he was free to leave but was mistaken, which seems a little careless. Maybe the president is playing for time, hoping that the new manager will want to keep Higuain. The striker has declared his intention to leave, however, and that weakens Madrid’s position considerably.
Arsenal and Wenger must now consider their options. Whether to offer an amount that Perez will be happy to take, although that could be around £30 million, enter a solid bid of less than £25 million and say it has a time limit, or simply wait and see what happens. What do you think Gooners?