The Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has been very closely linked with Arsenal recently, but it seems the club is trying to obstruct any move for him, despite promising him a new contract last season and refusing to follow up on their on words. The hitman’s brother and agent re-iterated that there was nothing on the table at the moment: “Right now there is no agreement with any club,” he said.
“For starters, they would have to talk first with Real Madrid. Nothing has been closed.”
Higuain’s father, who also helps represent him, explained clearly why his son wanted to leave Spain as quickly as possible. “They [Madrid] promised to do everything for him to be happy,” He fumed. “There was another person between the three of us, and that was Florentino Perez. A year has passed and the renewal has not happened. We have said nothing.
“Ten days ago we told Jose Angel in a meeting. I do not know if he told the president. It takes me by surprise that there is anger because we have already told them.
“He has been attacked by the sports newspaper industry in Spain and has never had any protection, only from the goals he managed.
“When the club had to come forward they did not and it has helped him to take the decision to leave. We would never do anything against a club who Gonzalo loves immensely, Madrid is in his soul.
“What angered him the most? When on the field he would hear whistles or comments that do not correspond with reality, or non-existent rumours are invented.
“It hurts. He had no protection and not only with this president but with others. Others have had a tough defence.
“Most important now is the desire of the kid and the club must look for what they can get. We are never going to want to leave on bad terms.
“A campaign to discredit him and justify his sale is not the method. Let’s wait for them to determine a reasonable price and we will arrange things.
“Madrid will want to sell because there are no concrete rumours and so they must seek the best solution to avoid damaging the image of the club and the player.
“Juventus or Arsenal? We have found out about Juventus from a friend of the President, [FIFA agent Ernesto] Bronzetti. It is he who is managing the deal. I guess he has spoken with them.
“The clubs first have to talk to Madrid and be in direct negotiation. Higuain currently has three years left on his contract.”
So Higuain wants to leave (and go to Arsenal) but Madrid simply seem to be side-stepping and ignoring any more talks until their new manager is in place. Meanwhile it seems that Lyon have thought about selling the Arsenal target Clement Grenier, but have decided that they don’t want to let him go this season.
Their chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, stated; “We’ve had talks about Clement Grenier. The club’s position is there will be no departure this year of a player who was educated at the club and that is reaching maturity.”
So despite the reports that Higuain is a done deal, it is still up to Madrid as to whether they let him go or not, but it could be that Grenier may have to wait for another year or two.