Real Madrid have announced they will sell Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain in the summer as they rebuild their striking options.
It is also possible that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the Bernabéu. Karim Benzema will stay at the club and Florentino Perez is working on a mega deal to snatch Rademel Falcao from their city rivals Atletico.
The fact that Higuain will be available has alerted several of the Premier League’s top sides. Tottenham made an attempt to sign the striker last summer according to the Mail and will certainly be interested again.
Tottenham and Arsenal both interested
After a disappointing season from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe spending time on the sidelines through injury, Tottenham’s lack of strength in depth in the striking department and their over reliance on Gareth Bale has been made all too clear.
Higuain would be a major coup for Spurs if they can get him.
But they may face competition from their fierce North London rivals Arsenal for the Argentine. Arsene Wenger is also in the market for a new striker and Higuain at 25 years old with Champions League quality and a winning mentality ticks all the boxes of what he is looking for.
Where Higuain decides to go may depend on which of these sides manage to secure Champions League football.
City’s main target still Cavani
The other English club that will be monitoring the situation is Man City. They have to freshen up their striking options after a lack of goals being the main reason they couldn’t keep pace with Man Utd in the Premiership this season.
They finally got rid of the unpredictable Mario Balotelli in January and Edin Dzeko will almost certainly leave this summer. That would leave City just Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez as their recognised centre forwards.
Interestingly Aguero is the man Real Madrid want to replace Higuain. City’s number one target is Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and they will only look at Higuain as a backup option.
Of course it won’t just be English sides looking at Higuain. A player of his quality doesn’t become available very often so expect the big clubs in Italy, France and Germany to all be involved in the bidding frenzy.