Over-priced? £67m Gonzalo Higuain is keen on joining a Champions League side. [Picture: Reuters]
Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain has once again been linked with a move to Arsenal.
Higuain who was close to joining the Gunners in 2013 before opting to join the Serie A side from Real Madrid, is understood to be itching for a move away from Napoli with the hunger for Champions League football the underlying factor for the switch.
Liverpool are also in the race to land the Argentine International but with Brendan Rodgers’ Men also missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal may have the advantage should the Gunners be willing to see the deal through.
The only obstacle could be Higuain’s £67million release clause which the Gunners will most likely be unwilling to match, and to be quite frank I personally do not think Higuain is worth that much.
By now, most Arsenal fans would be tired of reading about a Higuain/Arsenal deal, and if the criticism the striker faced following his showing at the just concluded Copa America 2015 final is anything to judge by, then a large section of the Arsenal supporters may not endorse the switch.
In all respect, Higuain is no doubt a decent striker but the question now would be how different is he from Olivier Giroud?
Many have argued that Arsenal needs a more aggressive and physical centre forward in the form of Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero. But can Higuain favourably compete against this two?
The truth is, while we admit that Higuain is a prolific striker and probably in his prime at the moment, His lack of pace and aggression as well as the one-year age difference between him and Giroud puts him in the same rating category with the French International.
Alternatively an investment on a younger and faster striker could be the required tonic to spark the Gunners front line next season.