The need for a top-notch centre forward was obvious for Arsenal. Although, Arsenal completed the signing of Lucas Perez in the window, it seems the player wasn’t Arsene Wenger’s principal target.
The president of Napoli Aurelio De Laurentis claims that Arsenal attempted to sign Argentina international Gonzola Higuain during the summer window.
Higuain moved to Juventus in a £75.3 million ($93.7 million) in the summer and De Laurentiis has confirmed that Wenger was keenly interested.
“We received a request from Arsenal,” De Laurentiis told Standard Sport.
“Personally I also received a request from Atletico Madrid but they didn’t put enough money on the table.
“We were not ready to sell him—for me Higuain was not for sale.
“One year earlier I offered another five-year contract to Higuain and his brother. ‘I will offer to you x’. It was more money than what he is getting right now from Juventus.”
Wenger has converted Alexis Sanchez to his striker and the Chilean has been impressive in his new position for Arsenal.
But it is not hard to see how one of the world’s top strikers like Higuain might have aided Wenger further, as he seeks to bring a first league title to Emirates Stadium since 2003-04.