Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain ready to snub Manchester United, Chelsea to complete Anfield switch
Napoli’s in-demand forward Gonzalo Higuain is said to be keen on a move to Liverpool despite the Reds failing to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Argentine forward will be hot property during the summer transfer window after his record goal scoring season for the Serie A outfit which helped them finish second behind champions Juventus.
According to the Mirror , the former Real Madrid forward is keen to play under Jurgen Klopp and is keen to try and force an exit from the Italian club. Napoili have qualified for the Champions League unlike Liverpool, but that has not deterred the striker from wanting a move to Anfield.
Arsenal , Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with big money moves for the free-scoring forward, who notched up 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances, but could lose out to the Merseyside club, who are reportedly yet to register an interest in the forward’s services. Liverpool have lacked a genuine goal scoring threat this season and Higuain could finally be the replacement they have been craving since the departure of Luis Suarez.
Christian Benteke has failed to meet expectations following his £32.5m ($47.5m) move from Aston Villa and could be sold after just one season at the club. The Belgian striker has fallen out of favour under the German coach and the club are willing to be open to offers. Daniel Sturridge’s future at the club also remains uncertain after the striker again missed a big chunk of the season through injury, but a healthy goal return when he was fit – 13 goals in 25 games – could save him from being offloaded along with the Belgian.
However, they are going to face a major battle to land the striker’s signature with all their rivals also keen on signing a top quality striker in the summer. Arsene Wenger , Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have made signing a striker a priority with the Chelsea boss already said to have sanctioned a £42m ($61.4m), according to the Daily Mail.