Eastlands outfit plan yet another striker raid!
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly rejected another new contract offer from Real Madrid.
According to Sport, this was the second time Higuain has turned down an improved contract offer and it is believed that Real did not offer the amount he was satisfied with.
The 23-year-old has been one of Real’s key performers this season. He is the club’s top scorer and third overall in the Liga. But he remains among the lowest paid of the senior squad on around €900,000-a-year.
The striker’s latest contract rejection will surely attract the interest from the English clubs. The striker’s agent had a bumper offer from Manchester City while Arsenal were believed to be eyeing an offer for the striker.
The Argentine still has over three years to run on his deal, which carries a buyout clause of €150 million, Real management know they risk unsettling their star striker unless they can get close to his demands. (ESPN)
So why exactly would Eastlands need another striker? Is Roberto Mancini planning on offloading any of those he already has at his disposal? Manchester City have scored more than any other side outside the top three and already have (takes deep breath) Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz on their books plus the likes of Robinho, Benjani, Felipe Caicedo and Jo all out on loan.
Gonzalo Higuain is a quality player but apparently as well as not getting the contract he feels he deserves, he also appears to be having something of a feud with Cristiano Ronaldo so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Argentine did indeed leave Real Madrid and whilst Manchester City have money to burn I really think they may be better off looking to beef up their defensive options.