Arsene Wenger has been chasing the Argentine since the end of the season and had a £22 million bid reportedly accepted aswell as personal terms with the striker, however no deal was confirmed.
Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as Real Madrid manager was expected to speed the transfer up but the Italian wants Higuain as part of his squad for next season. The striker himself is still hopeful of a move.
The Gunners fought off interest from Serie A champions Juventus but have been unable to seal the deal and Napoli have now entered the race following Edinson Cavani’s £53 million move to PSG.
Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s president, has been cautious over the future of Higuain in recent weeks and also wants him to stay so rising the price could be a way of keeping their man however with the player himself wanting to leave, it’s unlikely they will force him to stay.
Wenger is unlikely to splash out £37 million on Higuain and will most likely turn his attention to Luis Suarez of Liverpool with the Frenchman considering a £35 million offer for the Uruguayan.
The Frenchman is known for spending as little as possible and has never spent over £15 million on one player before. Although he has been handed the clubs biggest ever transfer kitty, he is still adamant he wont overpay for anyone, something he believes he would be doing if he met the raised asking price of Higuain.
It’s unclear whether they have hiked up the asking price following Napoli’s interest but the transfer saga of Higuain continues to drag on.