Arsenal have not made any sort enquiry into the availability of long-term target, Gonzalo Higuain, according to the player’s agent.
The 27-year-old has been linked with the Gunners ever since the departure of Robin van Persie back in 2012, but Arsene Wenger has failed to make a move ever since.
And that news hasn’t changed according to Higuain’s brother, who also works as his agent, after he stated that no club has made an approach for the Napoli striker.
The Argentinian is looking to get out of the Serie A side this summer, after they failed to make Champions League qualification and lost their manager, Rafa Benitez.
Fresh Arsenal reported 18 days ago that Napoli were happy to sell Higuain, but not for a penny less than his £67million release clause which chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis, made abundantly clear.
If all went to plan, De Laurentiis would have been in a win-win situation, either keeping his star man for a tough season, cashing in and instead having the ability to purchase this summer.
However, following an interview on Radio Crc with Higuain’s brother and agent, Nicolas, it seems that the forward’s future still lies at Napoli;
No club has asked me about Higuain, and I wonder why De Laurentiis keeps talking about the clause.
Only the President talks about Higuain’s clause, and it makes it look like he wants to sell. I think if Napoli want to fight for the Scudetto they shouldn’t let Higuain go.
No team has asked me for Higuain, I don’t know if De Laurentiis has had any offers, because as I’ve said I haven’t heard from the President for a long time, but I think he’d have called me if there was something concrete.
The former Real Madrid striker picked up yet another impressive run of statistics in the 2014/15 campaign, picking up 30 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
Seven of those goals came in the Europa League after Napoli failed to make the cut for the Champions League, which they yet again failed to qualify for next season after finishing fifth in Serie A.
That’s left Higuain to debate whether he deserves to play at a higher level, and a whole host of European clubs agree that’s the best idea for the forward.
Manchester United and Chelsea have been reportedly tracking the striker, but it seems the Gunners are prepared to go head to head with United after Radamel Falcao made a successful switch to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal are in line to make one or two more additions ahead of the 2015/16 season, after Arsene Wenger confirmed they would make a deal if the right players became available.
However, Wenger is not one to pay over the odds and there will certainly need to be some wiggle room on the £67million Napoli are asking for.