COMMENTARY | Arsenal's rumored £22 million move for striker Gonzalo Higuaín appears to be very close to completion. According to The Guardian, Arsenal and Higuaín have agreed personal terms on a four year contract, worth about £130,000 a week. Signing the Argentina striker would trump Arsenal's previous transfer record by around £7 million. While the Gunners are confident in completing the signature of Higuaín, it seems as if no transfers can be finalized by Real Madrid (Higuaín's current team) until they sign a new manager. Real's manager of the last three seasons, José Mourinho, left the club a few weeks ago for British club Chelsea.
While nothing is finalized just yet, the signing of Higuaín would show that times are changing for the Gunners. In previous years, Arsenal has followed a financial structure similar to Billy Beane's "moneyball". Much like the baseball team run by Beane, the Oakland Athletics, Arsenal has signed young players for relatively cheap transfers, and tried to develop them. However, it now appears as if the Gunners could very well be joining the rest of the top clubs in Europe and both increase their weekly wage scale, and transfer fees for players.
Putting it mildly, securing Higuaín would be a major signing for Arsenal. However, the Gunners may not be done with big signings after Higuaín (if in fact they do sign him). The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal's billionaire investor, Alisher Usmanov, is urging Arsène Wenger to sign Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Usmanov stated, "He is a great player and (joining Arsenal) would be great for Rooney, and Arsenal too." However, Rooney has been rumored to favor a move to another London club, Chelsea.
While signing both Higuaín and Rooney appears unlikely, it does seem that the Gunners may finally open up their wallets and sign at least one top striker this summer. Even though Arsenal scored 72 total Premier League goals (good for third most in the league), the club appeared to beat up on lower level teams, then struggle to score against other top four clubs.
Another player being linked heavily to Arsenal is Everton's Marouane Fellaini. The Belgium international reportedly has a release clause in his contract at £23 million. If (and that's a big if) Arsenal indeed makes a move for Fellaini, the club would break their transfer record twice in one summer. Wenger is currently pondering the £23 million move for the imposing midfielder, who is reportedly keen on a switch to Arsenal.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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