With the dust settling on Portugal’s surprise victory in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday, Premier League managers are gearing up for the transfer window to really heat up.
As internationals return from France, it becomes much easier to negotiate with players themselves, rather than agents who are reluctant to do business while their client is on international duty.
It’s only been a matter of days, but more and more rumours are starting to build up following the conclusion of Euro 2016. And today saw Arsenal linked with a player their fans are familiar with: Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentinian was heavily linked with Arsenal in the summer of 2013, with the Gunners instead opting to sign Mesut Ozil for £42.5m.
But now a move is on the cards again with Higuain reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal at Napoli due to their poor performances in Serie A despite his huge wealth of goals. After Jamie Vardy’s move from champions Leicester fell apart, Arsene Wenger is clearly in the market for a striker; Higuain more than fits the bill.
Napoli, however, are willing to do anything to keep the striker, who scored an unbelievable 36 goals in Serie A last year, beaten only by Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo in Europe’s top leagues.
If they are to lose the player though, they want to have something from Arsenal in return. To be specific, they want French striker Olivier Giroud.
Giroud, who started the majority of France’s matches at Euro 2016, has scored 57 goals during his tenure at Arsenal, but has already been deeply criticised for his inconsistency.
Still, Napoli are keen on the Frenchman, and it turns out he would be keen on a move too.
Today, Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello has been talking to Radio CRC about the possibility of a transfer, and had this to say about Giroud and Napoli.
“There is no fear from Olivier about possibly going to Napoli, it is a magnificent city. In Campania, my client could lead a wonderful life”.
“Not to mention that the type of game played by Sarri could enhance the quality of a centre-forward like him”.
Clearly then, this move has some validity to it. And Arsenal fans would be forgiven for feeling uncertain. No one would deny the quality Higuain would bring to the Gunners, but Giroud has given fans plenty of memories to savour. A swap-deal always has a bittersweet taste to it.
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