25-year old Higuain is one of the longest serving players of the current Madrid side, having joined the Galacticos way back in 2006 from Argentinian outfit River Plate as an 18-year old. He has gone on to make 179 La Liga appearances during his time there, and has notched up more than 100 goals, becoming one of the crowd favorites over time.
However, it has been far from rosy for him in the last season or two, as boss Jose Mourinho prefers to play French international Karim Benzema over him in attack. Benzema has been a success since joining the galaxy of superstars at the Santiago Bernabeu from French giants Lyon back in 2009, and has since cemented his place in the starting 11, which means that Higuain has found his place on the bench more often than not lately.
Reported to be unhappy with his current role as a second choice striker, Higuain is considering his future at Madrid if things stay the way they are. The Mirror understands that he is contemplating a summer move away, and has told the Madrid officials of his wish to grace the English Premier League with his presence next season. Therefore, Madrid have understood his reasoning and have let him hold unofficial talks with English clubs. Leading the pack are Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal are certain to go out shopping in the summer to buy a proven world class striker. The names of Barcelona’s David Villa and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani have already been heavily linked to the Gunners, as they look to add firepower to their attack for next season, since they currently have only Frenchman Olivier Giroud as a recognized out-and-out striker. The name of Gonzalo Higuain has been added to the list of possible candidates Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could bring to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
Tottenham too have reported an interest in Higuain. They currently have strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe at their disposal. Adebayor’s on-off form is a concern for manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Defoe’s recurring injury problems has left a dire need for a new striker at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid struck up a partnership last year, which gave Madrid the impetus to go on and sign Croatian international Luka Modric last year. Tottenham would be looking to take back the favor and land Higuain instead.
It is still very unclear as to whether Higuain will quit Madrid or not. And even if he does, do you think that he will join the likes of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere at the mighty Arsenal? Or do you think that he will opt for a move to White Hart Lane and join the unstoppable Gareth Bale and company? Since this story is still in its early stages, we will bring you any developments as and when they take place.