Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Arsenal winning race for £22m Higuain -Lolo's flirtations are becoming annoying

Morning Gooners,

Well there finally seems to be some movement on our pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain. Two major things have happened in the last 24-hours which could finally mean we could pay a club-record £22million for the Argentine.

The first is Real Madrid have finally got a replacement for Jose Mourinho. Carlo Ancelotti has been formally confirmed as their new manager after signing a three-year contract. Hopefully that will be a kickstart to our deal for Higuain.

The other is news that Manchester City have agreed to sell Carlos Tevez to Juventus in a £10million deal.

You would hope that now Ancelotti is in place that the transfer of Higuain will be signed off. It seems that personal terms have been agreed for a long time and it was just down to the fact Madrid didn't have a manager which was holding the deal up. Now they do have someone in charge, it should mean Higuain should be flying to London to complete the paperwork. Shouldn't it?

And with Tevez on his way to Turin, will the Italian club still be in the race for Higuain? Are they about to start a Manchester City/Chelsea style approach where they stockpile some of the best players in Europe...

Of course both these two things could mean nothing. Ancelotti could decide he wants to keep Higuain. And Tevez signing for Juventus could be just to supplement their strike force. But lets hope it doesn't. Let's hope both moves are positive from an Arsenal point of view.

Anyway, to read why Arsenal should sign Higuain and why he should be the start of several signings Arsene Wenger should make, read Joss Bennetts' latest post.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror report Laurent Koscielny is commitment to Arsenal... just like the last time he was asked.

Koscielny's agent Stephane Courbois however has been touting his client's name around with Bayern Munich and Barcelona showing interest in the 27-year-old.

But with four years left on the deal he signed, there is little chance of the France international moving elsewhere, unless it's for silly money.

Lolo has himself said as much:
"I have a four-year contract. For now, I am still at Arsenal."
Personally I wish both player and agent would stop talking. It's getting rather boring. It seems as though they are attention seeking. Yes, Bayern and Barca still know you're there. If they want to sign you let them talk to Arsenal.

And I hope that "For now, I'm still at Arsenal" has been lost in translation. No one - the player and the agent - should forget that Arsene Wenger plucked Koscielny from obscurity to become a first choice player at a huge club. I hope he is respectful of that.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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