Wayne Rooney is being tipped as the perfect strike partner for potential Arsenal signing Gonzalo Higuain, after the Gunners have been in deep transfer talks with most of their targets, trying to tie up deals before the pre-season begins for the club.
Arsene Wenger has been given the liberty to spend big on transfers, and so much so, that the club’s chief executive publicly claimed the board’s decision to splash-the-cash. However, it is believed that Wenger has a master plan ready which reportedly sees Manchester United star Rooney team up with Real Madrid star Higuain up front. This move would usually be seen by Arsenal fans as impossible, given the transfer policy of the club in the past. But times have changed, and the Gunners now have the financial muscle to pull off both deals.
However, bringing both players successfully will not be an easy task for the club, as both are wanted by other elite clubs in Europe alike. Juventus have reportedly lodged a considerable bid for Higuain, giving the Argentine striker something to think about over the summer. It will be a battle of patience for both clubs, who will have to convince the 25-year old of the long term ambitions of the club.
Rooney is also being targeted by Chelsea, who are struggling to cope up with the financial muscle of French outfit Monaco in competition for their transfer targets. The England international has a decision to make over the summer, and the rumors began by the appointment of David Moyes as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes was manager when Rooney made his Barclays Premier League debut, and the friction between the two is believed to be irreparable.
Looking at the Arsenal squad, Higuain’s move to the Gunners will be positive for the rest of the squad. Olivier Giroud is yet to have a concrete impact on proceedings after his move from Montpellier, and Higuain will give him enough competition for the first team. This move will also reduce the pressure of scoring goals for Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, who were given the responsibility after Robin van Persie’s departure.
According to DailyMail, Higuain’s father confirmed, “Nothing has been signed yet, but I can assure you there are advanced talks between the clubs.”
“We wouldn’t arrange any personal contract before the clubs agree for the transfer. I’m aware Arsenal has made a strong offer, as well as Juventus.”