Gonzalo Higuain’s proposed move to Arsenal looks to have stalled. The Real Madrid striker was all set to complete his move to the Gunners last week but a delay in the deal has led to some suggestions that the deal has actually broken down.
Reports emerged a few weeks ago that both clubs agreed a £22 million fee along with personal terms at around £130,000-a-week. The only thing that was left to complete the deal was the appointment of a new Real Madrid manager, a job that was filled by PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti last week.
Ancelotti’s appointment was expected to speed up the process of the deal with all the terms and conditions in place however the deal to sign Higuain is no nearer to an end. A medical was reported to have been completed in Madrid last week yet still no confirmation on any deal has surfaced.
Arsenal’s main rivals, Juventus, have signed both Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to leave no confusion on where Higuain will be ending up next season, so why the long wait.
Higuain was waiting to hear on Madrid’s next coach before deciding his next move, despite becoming frustrated at first team opportunities. Ancelotti has given the green light for Higuain to make way to Arsenal but the Argentine might fancy giving it one last shot at Madrid before leaving the club.
A secret second buyer could also be the reason for the delayed transfer with Higuain considering a switch to another club other than Arsenal. Monaco have been linked with every player worth over £10 million and they can’t be ruled out while a Spanish club could have also come in for him. Inter Milan are also searching for a striker, however Arsenal would still be a preferred destination.
Arsenal need to make a signal of intent this summer and being armed with a large financial war chest, they can afford to do so however they are yet to make a significant signing. Gonzalo Higuain would be the perfect start to the summer ahead for Arsenal but the transfer has been going on for weeks while other rivals have already closed deals with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas moving to Manchester City and Andre Schurrle completing his transfer to Chelsea. Liverpool have made a triple signing in the time Arsenal have been linked with Higuain.