30 May 2016

Transfer Breakthrough: 'World-Class' £70m goal-machine wants to sign for Liverpool. Asked for transfer last summer

Last summer, Liverpool reportedly made an official offer for 'world-class' Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain, who asked  The Reds ended up signing Christian Benteke instead, but new reports this week suggest that Higuain remains keen to test himself in England, with Anfield allegedly his preferred destination.

In July 2015, Higuain allegedly asked Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis to 'seriously consider' Liverpool's offer, and according to The Mirror this weekend:

* Higuain is interested in joining Liverpool, is not deterred by the Reds' failure to qualify for Europe.

* The Argentine forward is allegedly keen to work under Jurgen Klopp, and his reps are surprised that Liverpool are yet to show any interest.

Higuain's stats over the last few years are absolutely formidable:

* Napoli: 91 goals/28 assists (119) in 146 apps (One every 93 mins).

* This season: 42 goals/assists in 42 apps (One every 78 mins)

* 2015-16: Broke the serie A single-season goals record with 36 goals in 35 games.

A goal/assist every 78 minutes is a Suarez-esque rate of creativity, and like Suarez, Higuain is incredibly robust, and is rarely injured (missed just six games through injury since 2012).

Anfield legends John Aldridge and John Barnes are in favour of signing Higuain. Last season, Barnes told TalkSport:

"Liverpool need someone like Gonzalo Higuain. If you get the ball in the box he can score, he can play outside the box and he’s the kind of player that Liverpool should be going for".

Aldo told the Liverpool Echo:

"I like the look of Gonzalo Higuain. He would be brilliant for us, but would he come? And how much would be cost?"

Higuain is the type of marquee signing Liverpool fans dream of, but the price tag will probably be prohibitive, and according to Napoli PR chief Nicolas Lombardo:

"Higuain has a contract [release] clause of €94m [£70m]. No bids below that figure will be accepted. Those who want him have to match that"

£70m? That surely counts out Liverpool, who'd have to double the club's record transfer fee to sign Higuain, and that seems unlikely in a year without the added financial bonus of European football. Forget the fee, though, and Higuain's stunning goal record, the most important question is this:

Does he press enough?

If not, then there's no point signing Higuain, because - according to some Liverpool fans - pressing and running are far more important to the team than mere goals and assists.


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