Considering how difficult capturing Higuain is proving to be these days, you’d be forgiven to think he’s the transfer equivalent of Charizard in Pokémon Go (yes, that’s right, we went there).
Seemingly the Holy Grail of strikers on the market at the moment, the Argentina international is a prized asset of Napoli’s and Aurelio De Laurentiis does not want him to go as he looks to build a strong squad to compete for next season’s Serie A title.
With this in mind, Arsenal have apparently started to look elsewhere as they seem reluctant to meet the player’s release clause, and the next best thing in Italy is Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.
The 23-year-old is the cheaper alternative of the two, but he would still prove rather expensive.
Corriere dello Sport on Monday suggest Arsenal have ‘fallen back in love’ with the former Sampdoria star as an alternative to Higuain, but Inter Milan’s president Erick Thohir maintains he is ‘unsellable’.
Napoli have also started enquiring about Icardi just in case someone does come along and activate Higuain’s clause (Juventus are also said to be highly interested, as you probably already know), but this is just precautionary.
The new Icardi reports suggest Arsenal have moved on from Higuain, but it also remains to be seen whether or not the player himself will push for a transfer once he returns to the club (he is meant to join up with the training camp on the 25th of July, but Gazzetta dello Sport seem to think he won’t turn up).