Arsenal have increased their efforts to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Gunners have launched a record €30 million bid, according to Spanish news outlet Marca.com.
That is widely expected to be enough to tempt Los Blancos into a sale. It is deemed enough to fend off the attentions of Juventus, who have also expressed an interest.
The report in Marca states that Juve are only prepared to offer €22 million for the prolific Argentina international. By outbidding La Bianconeri so boldly, Arsenal are making a serious statement of intent.
That kind of statement is something Gunners fans are expecting this summer. The club have been open about how much money they have to spend and their willingness to lure top stars.
So far though things have been quiet. That has prompted speculation that frugal manager Arsene Wenger might continue his cautious policy in the market.
However, the links to Higuain persist. He certainly fits the bill for a marquee signing. He is an expert finisher, boasting quality and guile in front of goal.
Wenger is desperate for a more technically adept and assured central striker to lead his attack. Towering Frenchman Olivier Giroud toiled hard during his debut season in North London.
But the ex-Montpellier talisman is far from composed in front of goal. German veteran Lukas Podolski is a more skilled finisher, but his movement is poor.
Higuain combines fluidity and flair with above average strength. He is a proven goalscorer at the top level of the game.
His movement is quick, subtle and intelligent. Still only 25, Higuain is primed for big things, especially if given more opportunities than he was awarded in Madrid.
He has often split playing time with Karim Benzema. But Higuain would be the unrivaled starting centre-forward for the Gunners.
If Arsenal do complete a deal for the classy forward, they will have the firepower to make a greater push for the major trophies.
They will also prove all their talk of financial muscle and the willingness to flex it, is not simply empty rhetoric.1178059