Up It Or Forget It – Madrid Tell Arsenal & Juve
The Argentine striker is widely tipped to quit the Spanish giants over the summer after struggling to cement his place in the starting 11 in recent years. He has often found himself warming the benches as he is chosen behind French international Karim Benzema in attack. The lack of a first-team regular starter role has understandably upset the 25-year old, who is thought to be considering his future after spending over 8 years in Madrid since his switch from Argentine outfit River Plate back in 2007.
Higuain has been strongly linked with two European powerhouses, Arsenal and Juventus. Both of them are keen on securing his signature and are personally waging a war against each other over the striker’s services. It was reported previously that both the clubs were preparing their individual bids in the region of £20 million. However, it has now been made clear by Madrid that the duo would be wasting their time with a bid, considered paltry by the club, for their Argentinian international. Madrid have now issued a firm statement by stating that they will not even look at bids which will not meet their valuation of £25.5 million.
These new reports are not quite surprising and one can understand their intentions of getting as much money as possible from the inevitable exit of Higuain. Madrid would want to earn the maximum from the sale which will help them financially, as they prepare themselves for their big money chase of Gareth Bale and Edinson Cavani. Metro reported that Madrid president Florentino Perez was flatly refusing to budge from his asking price for Higuain as he told the local media, “With £25.5m it’s better that they don’t come.”
With Madrid refusing to do business with either of the two clubs if they do not up their current bid, is Madrid at a risk of being stuck with Higuain if both Arsenal and Juventus recoil their interest in him? Will they stay firm regarding their asking price till the very end or will they end up accepting a lower bid just before the transfer window closes?