Real Madrid star chased by Arsene Wenger in potential swap deal that would surely never happen.
MADRID — Arsenal may be ready to sell Cesc Fabregas to Real Madrid — if they get Argentine star Gonzalo Higuain in return, a Spanish sports newspaper said.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger “is only willing to part with his captain if Real includes Gonzalo Higuain in the deal,” said Marca, which did not indicate its sources.
It said Real would prefer to offer Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart to the London club, and would only release Higuain for 35 million euros, 10 million less than they would pay the Gunners for Fabregas, Marca said.
But competition for the 22-year-old Spanish international from bitter rivals Barcelona may force their hand, it said.
In comments on the UEFA website, Higuain said he would like to end his career at Real Madrid, “the team and the city are my second home, and it would be fantastic.”
Fabregas, Arsenal’s top scorer with 12 goals, is under contract with the Gunners until 2014 but his future has been the subject of much speculation this season.
The player himself last month played down talk of a move back to his native Spain, saying that his future lies in the English Premier League.
Fabregas began his career with Barcelona but was signed by Arsenal in September 2003.
The following month he became Arsenal’s youngest ever player in any competition when he appeared in a League Cup tie against Rotherham aged just 16 years and 177 days. (AFP)
So now its Real Madrid’s turn to try to trump irritants Barcelona in the hope of signing Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas and whilst the La Liga side may think that offering Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain into the deal would make a blind bit of difference but it wouldn’t.
Do they really think that a) Fabregas would join Barca’s arch rivals Real Madrid and b) that Arsene Wenger would even consider such a deal. I rate Higuain as a striker and there is no doubting that the Gunners could do with another option up front and the 22 year old has all the pre-requisites to be an Arsenal style player: great touch, intelligent use of the ball and ability to beat a player and make things happen.
I am sure that Wenger would love to bring in the former River Plate man and would probably pursue the matter if they thought that Higuain would leave the Bernabeu but wouldn’t even consider such a swap deal. Clearly this is an attempt by the Madrid based newspaper to tap up the Arsenal star on the club’s behalf, something Barcelona have been doing for a few years now.