Gonzalo Higuain Confirms Leaving Real Madrid

Aug 8, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain (20) makes a pass against AC Milan during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Real Madrid won the game 5-1.

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After the last game of the season for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, he confirmed that he had just played his last match for the club and would be moving on to somewhere he was “wanted”. His declaration only confirmed what had been speculated for a while now.

Now that we know Higuain will be moving on, speculation on his possible destination has begun with known admirers and suitors, Juventus of Italy at the top of the list. Although Higuain made it a point of saying that Juventus are just one of the clubs who are interested in bringing him in, it has been rumored that Juventus hierarchy have held meetings with Higuain’s agent.

If Juventus is indeed the team that lands Higuain, they will be getting a very good player. Higuain is still young at 25 years of age, and has an impressive goal scoring record as coming into today’s game for Real Madrid. He had scored 120 goals in 264 appearances for ‘Los Merengues’.

Tactically, I see Higuain fitting in quite well with the current Juventus squad and would have no trouble playing with Fernando Llorente, who will also be joining the Old Lady of Italian football this summer. If Higuain does join, his presence would allow Antonio Conte to continue playing the 3-5-2 formation. Or if he chose to modify, he could also play a 4-3-3 as Higuain is capable of playing as a wide with Llorente as the central forward. In addition, Higuain has enough skill to play away from the penalty area and make runs towards it or allow a talented Juventus to make runs into the area to create scoring chances.

Whether or not Higuain ends up moving to Juventus is something time and business will let fans know. What we do know is that he is leaving Real Madrid having been a valuable contributor during his time there and whichever team acquires ‘Pipita’, will be getting a young proven goalscorer.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Soccer writer for RantSports.com. You can follow Lucas on Twitter @maldini3fan and you can add him to your circle and network on Google+.

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