Emirates Stadium boss keen on Bernabeu man.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly showing an interest in Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain as he looks to boost Arsenal’s attacking options. Whilst the Gunners boss has frequently been linked with Bernabeu attacker Karim Benzema it appears that the Frenchman’s run of good form has pushed his Argentine team-mate out of the first team and led to much speculation about his Bernabeu future.
The 24 year old former River Plate man missed much of last season with a herniated disc and whilst out Benzema, who had an up and down first season at the La Liga giants, excelled and appears to have replaced Higuain as Jose Mourinho’s first choice striking weapon.
Indeed the Paris born Argentine international has started just ten games in all competitions this season but has still managed to hit 14 goals for the Madristas. Form that keeps him challenging Benzema for the right for the single striking position in Mourinho’s adopted formation, which usually sees Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria play in the wide attacking roles either side of a lone forward.
Wenger is looking for a striking addition that will impress upon Robin Van Persie the ambition, and financial ability, the club has to attract big name players. Any move for Higuain is likely to occur in the summer though the Emirates Stadium manager may put the feelers out about the player’s availability in January.
Higuain is said to be keen to battle for a regular spot in the Real Madrid starting eleven but if he continues to fail to secure a spot in the starting eleven, despite his excellent form, then he may well be tempted by a move to the Premier League.
The talented striker is now in his sixth season at Real Madrid and has notched up a very healthy 91 goals in 190 appearances since Fabio Capello brought the lethal finisher in a deal said to be worth around £11m. It would no doubt take a fee of at least double that to secure Higuain, a fee that Arsene Wenger would no doubt agree to pay, despite his usually spendthrift nature, as he looks to add to Arsenal’s firepower.
The likes of Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho have failed to supply goal-scoring support to Van Persie and the Dutchman has now become a player that Arsenal over-rely on up front.