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Will it be Juventus or Arsenal for Gonzalo Higuain?

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He seems to be both movable and dispensable as this window gains form. Real Madrid have stated their intent to offload the 25-year-old who seems to be unneeded with Karim Benzema taking ownership of the striker’s position. As we look forward to an active summer transfer window, one of the most prevailing rumors to come since May has been the consistent Argentinian, Gonzalo Higauin.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2007, Higuain has scored 107 Liga BBVA goals in 187 appearances for the Spanish giants.

He is a consistent and proven goal scoring threat at all times, he isn’t the fastest forward, but he is strong at 6-foot and can bully most defenders off the ball.

Arguably, Real Madrid would be wrong to let Higauin walk, but hey, if the right deal comes along you would think they would be willing to listen and to capitalize a profit on the £12 million they signed him for from River Plate six years ago.

Arsenal and Juventus have been the two teams mentioned in almost every rumor that surrounds his services and it seems to become clearer that one of them will secure his signature at some point this summer.

Arsene Wenger likes Higauin and he could be the real replacement for the Robin Van Persie-less side who haven’t added a profound goal scoring threat of his quality since. Olivier Giroud had a good season, but he doesn’t have the quality of a Higauin. The problem as to whether Arsenal management will put forward the funds so they can make deal for players like Higuain, but if they can consider them to be adding sheer quality and giving themselves a chance to compete for the EPL title next season.

Juventus have recently stated, courtesy of ESPN, that they wouldn’t sell “their best players” for Higauin, yet in my opinion, a true forward for them is a dire need. They haven’t an excellent depth of midfielders and defenders they should hold on to, but when it comes to the forward spot they have an old and past prime Nicolas Anelka, a bust in Nicklas Bendter (on loan from Arsenal), an old Fabio Quagiarella and etc. The only real force I see for them currently is Alessandro Matri, but even he is going to be 29 this August and thus emphasizes the need to boost some youth into the Serie A giants forward role.

In the end, Higauin may not end up leaving or with either of these teams but wherever he is playing next year, he will surely one to look out for the rest of the team in whatever league he plays in.