Arsenal to meet Napoli officials in London ahead of £41m plus player swap offer for Gonzalo HiguainPublished July 13, 2016
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to meet with Napoli officials ahead of moves to bring San Paolo forward Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates Stadium according to Italian source Rai.
Wenger will host Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli and president Aurelio De Laurentiis in London talks and will put forward an offer in the region of £42m plus the addition of French forward Olivier Giroud in return for Higuain.
The fee offered is a fair one given just how in-form Higuain is at present.
The former Real Madrid man, who was rarely a first-team regular during his seven seasons at the Bernabeu but still racked up 121 goals during his time in the Spanish capital, finished as the top scorer in Serie A in 2015/16.
Indeed his 36-goal tally was the highest in the Italian top tier for over 60 years.
Higuain did however fail to impress at the Copa America finals over the summer.
The 28-year-old did score four goals in the competition, a brace apiece against Venezuela and the United States, but his profligacy in front of goal in Argentina’s final clash with Chile was particularly telling.
Higuain was similarly ineffective against Germany in 2014 World Cup final but that isn’t to say the South American isn’t a world-class player but is perhaps a sign that when called upon in the highest pressure situations he can, and has, been found wanting.
That said Higuain is a better fit for the North London side and is a better player in every way than Giroud, who though a hard worker, is by no means prolific and is seemingly happy with a possible move to Naples.