Arsenal’s chase of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has gained more steam as the Argentine has refused to sign a new contract with his current club. Other than Arsenal, Chelsea are also interested in signing the player.
Higuain and his agent brother is unhappy with the contract terms laid by Napoli. The contract states Higuain’s new release clause to be $109 million, which is deemed unacceptable by the player. The 28-year-old striker feels that he is being held to ransom by the club, as reported by Calciomercato.com.
“This is the situation. The president is asking for a clause to be paid to let go of Gonzalo, and we have the right to refuse to renew.” Nicolas, Higuain’s brother told Closs Continental, via London Evening Standard.
Gonzalo Higuain had a phenomenal 2015-16 season with Napoli in the Serie A. The striker made a total of 35 appearances for the club in which he scored an amazing 36 goals. He had a shot accuracy of 58%. The Argentine created 51 chances for his team, of which two were assists, according to Squawka.com.
Arsenal will have bitter memories with the Higuain transfer as in 2013 the club failed to acquire him from Real Madrid. The striker chose to join Napoli instead and his form in the Serie A has given the Gunners hierarchy sleepless nights. This season, they want to make it right by bringing in the player at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have been struggling with goals conversion upfront. Although they have a decent striker in the form of Olivier Giroud, they lack the world class-quality upfront to win them some silverware. Higuain could add them that class and tagged with some brilliant playmakers in the Gunners lineup, the Arsenal supporters can finally hope for frequent trophies.
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