Utd Set To Trump Arsenal & Chelsea After Agreeing 5-Year Deal With €50m Target
Man Utd have moved ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea into pole position to sign Gonzalo Higuain after agreeing terms over a five-year deal with the Napoli striker
As the opening of the summer transfer window approaches, managers are working hard identifying targets and lining-up potential deals so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Manchester United close in on Gonzalo Higuain….
Manchester United have moved ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea into pole position to sign Gonzalo Higuain after agreeing terms over a five-year deal with the Napoli striker, according to reports.
Higuain has just enjoyed another excellent season in Italy after scoring 29 goals in 58 appearances but his efforts weren’t enough to see Napoli finish in the top three of the Serie A table as they just missed out to Lazio.
With no Champions League football on offer next season, the Argentinean international has been tipped for a move away from Naples and it’s led to interest from the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea both strongly linked with a move for the striker in recent weeks.
Reports earlier this month claimed that Arsenal had made contact with the players camp and offered a four-year deal worth around €6m net per season with Arsene Wenger understood to have tabled a €40m (£29m) bid – which was supposedly knocked back by Napoli.
Further speculation soon emerged suggesting that Chelsea were ready to try and hijack the Gunners move with Jose Mourinho believed to be ready to launch a big-money bid of their own to try and lure Higuain to West London.
However, it seems Man Utd may have stolen a march on both the London clubs as the Metro are citing reports coming out of Italy which claim the Red Devils have now agreed personal terms with the 27-year-old over a five-year deal.
The news originally comes from outlet Calcio Mercato Web, and they suggest that United still need to agree a fee with Napoli and it’s understood the Italians will hold out for a fee of at least €50m to cash-in on their prized asset.
As with any transfer story, it’s difficult to know how much truth there is behind it all and until there is something more concrete, I’d take these reports with a pinch of salt.
But the rumours of Higuain heading for England continue to grow and I’d personally love to see him plying his trade here as he’s a fantastic striker and would be an excellent addition for any of the clubs reportedly in the running for his signature.
Many feel Arsenal are a top class striker short of being genuine title challengers, Chelsea need to replace Didier Drogba while United need another striker after rejecting the chance to sign Radamel Falcao, and Higuain would do a great job for any of them.
Throughout his career his record is just shy of 1 goal every 2 games (192 in 407 games) so he certainly knows where the goal is, and it’s going to be interesting to see where he ends up this summer if he does leave Napoli this summer.
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