Depsite reportedly already agreeing personal terms with the Argentina international, the Bianconeri’s refusal to meet Napoli’s asking price could open the door for Wenger’s team
Having scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A games for Napoli last season, Gonzalo Higuain’s stock has never been higher.
Considering elite goalscorers are one of the hardest commodities to come by in football, the striker is sure to be on plenty of shopping lists this summer.
However, while many Arsenal fans are hoping that Arsene Wenger will finally make the Argentina international the marquee signing they have long been craving, SkyBet currently have the Gunners down as 9/2 (5.50) outsiders to bring him to the Emirates this transfer window.
Instead, Juventus are priced at just even money (2.00) to keep last season’s Capocannoniere in Italy, having reportedly already agreed personal terms with the former Real Madrid man.
With Paul Pogba looking increasingly likely to make a record-breaking transfer to Manchester United this summer, money is not likely to represent an issue for the Bianconeri.
Nevertheless, Napoli’s refusal to accept anything less than the hefty €94 million release clause in the 28-year-old’s contract is sure to cause some consternation among the Juventus board, who have insisted they will not be held to ransom.
With the San Paolo outfit also unwilling to entertain the idea of any potential swap deal involving the likes of Roberto Pereyra or Simone Zaza, a move to Turin is far from a foregone conclusion.
Sadly for Arsenal fans, it is also difficult to imagine Wenger forking out the necessary funds to secure forward’s signature, meaning odds of 13/8 (2.63) could well prove a sensible bet on him remaining in Naples beyond the closure of the transfer window.
On the other hand, money has rarely been an issue for Chelsea, who can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) to sweep in and steal Higuain in a move that would upset not only the Blues’ London rivals, but also new manager Antonio Conte’s former club.