Higuain saga continues as Napoli reject huge Atletico offer
Posted by Kia Kazemi-Nia | Published on July 20, 2016
An Atletico offer of €60m plus “two or three” players for Gonzalo Higuain has been turned down, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the Napoli chief gave an update on the striker’s situation saying: “The only offer we’ve received for Higuain has come from Atléti. Their president (Cerezo) called me and offered me €60 million and two or three players, but I’d said that it couldn’t be possible, very calmly.”
The two or three players offered in part-exchange were not specified, but De Laurentiis obviously did not have an interest in them.
This comes only a day after the Napoli president came out and said Higuain would not be joining Juventus.
“Gonzalo wouldn’t betray himself,” he said. “A player can’t sing a love song with the Napoli fans and then leave to put on the shirt of their worst rivals. It would be absurd.”
This could now open the door for Arsenal, but whether they are willing to spend €94m on a single player remains to be seen.
According to recent reports, the Gunners have made fellow Argentinian Mauro Icardi their number one transfer target, with the player’s agent reportedly in London to discuss a move to the Emirates.
Icardi scored 16 goals in 33 appearances for an Inter side that did not create many chances in Serie A last season.
He is a much cheaper and younger alternative to Higuain, though the two are very different from each other. Icardi is more of a poacher and scores the majority of his goals from close range.
In fact, of Icardi’s 16 goals in Serie A last season, not a single one came from outside the box.
Arsenal rarely attempt efforts from outside of the 18, though, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
His ruthless finishing in front of goal would certainly be welcomed by Arsenal fans, with Giroud and Walcott often flattering to deceive over the last couple of seasons.