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Higuaín: the right man to replace Balotelli?
It is reported that el Pipita could yet again be on the move. With a shaky start to the Serie A and reported interest from the top premier league teams it may happen
by Thomas Shotton
Gonzalo Higuaín has just resurrected after a six-month goal shortage that he interrupted last Sunday in the game vs Hellas Verona. He has always been an instinctive striker, this is shown during his spell at European champions Real Madrid where he managed 52 goals in 90 games.

The two big clubs reported with an interest are Liverpool and Arsenal. Both clubs have shown they are willing to spend big money as shown in the last few transfer windows, so Napoli’s asking price will be unlikely to deter either team. Higuaín’s current deal expires in 2018 and with his brother commenting “When I speak to my brother he is calm, and happy to wear the shirt of Napoli.” This may indicate Higuain himself is not seeking a move elsewhere.

El Pipita was close to joining Arsenal in 2013 however it is reported that Arsenal did not meet the asking price of a reported £37 million, which was eventually paid by Napoli. Arsenal are reportedly looking to add another striker to their ranks and Higuain would definitely bring something different to the team. Higuain is a poacher with an eye for the goal. Arsenal currently only have Welbeck as an option up front with Giroud side-lined until later in the year and Sanchez failing to perform consistently through the middle. This may lead to Arsene Wenger splashing the cash for the Naples man. The fee is rumoured to be around £30 million, a little less than what Napoli originally paid for the Argentinian. This is a tempting price for a man who could score 30 goals a season.

Liverpool are reportedly extremely interested in the Argentine, with recent signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failing to perform Brendan Rodgers may swoop for the Naples man. Lambert and Balotelli have only managed to score one goal between them so far this season. With Higuain reportedly unsettled and Liverpool strikers underperforming they may make a swoop for Gonzalo to lessen the load on Daniel Sturridge. Following another disappointing result for Liverpool in the Premier League against Hull City the need for a world class striker is becoming more apparent.

It seems more likely that if Higuain was leaving he would be heading to Anfield. This is due to Danny Welbeck consistently performing for Arsenal this season with 5 goals in 8 games and Arsene Wenger may not see the need for a new centre forward. Arsenal seem to be more in need of a more defensive minded player, as they currently have a lack of depth at the back. Liverpool may be more prepared to splash out the £30 million to get rid of their problems in front of goal. The only stumbling block is if Napoli were to ask for top money if interests in their striker spreads as Chelsea are reportedly circling. If Higuain is to leave in January it seems England will be his destination.

If Higuaín is to leave, Napoli would have a big hole to fill and to please the fans, they would need a superstar. With Olivier Giroud looking to be out of favour if Higuain is to join Arsenal a swap deal could maybe take the big Frenchman to Naples. The Frenchman is not however a goal scoring machine so the Napoli faithful may not see this as an adequate replacement. With Cavani reportedly unsettled at PSG a deal to bring the Uruguayan back could happen. Cavani may cost a large fee but it will more than likely be less than the 64.5 million euros paid by PSG originally. Whatever does happen Napoli will have to fill the gap fast if they want a successful campaign.

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