Arsenal wait in wings as Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain set for talks on future with Florentino Perez.
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will today meet with president Florentino Perez for crunch talks on his future, according to Spanish publication Marca.
The Argentina international has been heavily linked with Arsenal over the summer, as well as Juventus, but as yet no bid has materialised.
Juve have already signed Carlos Tevez from Manchester City and Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao, whilst Arsenal are only willing to spend €27 million (approximately £23.4m) on signing Higuain – and the Gunners’ interest in signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool means that the 25 year-old is no longer even their top choice.
Marca report that Higuain is contemplating leaving Real Madrid because he feels unwanted at the club. The Argentine striker feels that he is regularly made a scapegoat after defeats, and rarely given credit when he contributes to victories.
Certainly his impressive statistics indicate he has perhaps not been given due respective by the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
122 goals in 266 games for Real Madrid are a brilliant return, particularly given that many of his appearances have been as a substitute, given that he has had to share the role of striker with Karim Benzema.
Higuain’s 14 goals from 44 shots in La Liga last season means he has a 32% strike rate – twice as effective as the average striker.
In the 2011-12 campaign, he scored 22 goals from 51 shots, meaning an incredible 43% of his efforts found the back of the net.
Thanks to such proven clinical finishing, new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is willing to retain the services of Higuain if he can.
Much will therefore depend on the striker’s talks with Perez today.