Ancelotti wants Gunners top target to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.
New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti still hopes to persuade Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, reports AS.
The Argentine striker is thought to be keen to move to the Emirates Stadium but the Gunners’ €25m (£21m) offer falls someway below Real’s €30-35m (£25-30m) valuation of the 25-year-old according to the Spanish daily.
Ancelotti is reportedly set to sit down with Higuain on the first day of pre-season, Monday 15 July, to discuss the player’s future, with the Italian head-coach understood to be keen for the forward to stay at the club.
Higuain, however, remains determined to leave the Spanish capital in search of regular first-team football and has instructed his agents to resolve the situation before the 15th, in order to avoid returning to training with the La Liga runners-up.
The Argentina international has netted an impressive 107 league goals since arriving at Real from River Plate in 2005, with only superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring more La Liga goals in that time.
Arsenal are thought to have tabled a £30m bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez last week, with various top sources believing the shock offer was an attempt to push Real, who are keen on the Uruguayan, into selling Higuain.
Have to agree with wise words elsewhere that Arsenal move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez sounds like a push to move the Higuain deal along.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) July 8, 2013