Liverpool will not follow up on the £22m bid they reportedly made for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain – meaning that Arsenal are free to reinforce their front line.
The Metro claims that reports in the Spanish press claim Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho instructed his board to reject the offer, and Arsene Wenger is believed to be monitoring the situation carefully.
At Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Karim Benzema has usurped Higuain as the first choice centre forward in the Real Madrid front line – and an impressively industrious performance from the Frenchman backed Mourinho’s decision.
With Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor still a possible loan option for Real Madrid, and was called upon often last season in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga ahead of Higuain – who of course was coming back from a serious injury.
However, Higuain realises that he is not first choice at Real Madrid – only coming on after 81 minutes in the Supercopa, the first El Clasico of the season – and that could push any deal in Arsenal’s favour.
The number 9 shirt at Arsenal remains vacant, after all.