Real Madrid offer Arsenal target Higuain to Spurs as bait for Bale

Jun 27, 2013
Bill Mann

New boss Carlo Ancelotti desperate to sign Welsh winger, and he could scupper Arsenal hopes

Clive Rose

REAL MADRID have offered readies and players to Tottenham in the hope of welcoming new boss Carlo Ancelotti with the mother of all presents – Gareth Bale.

And The Times has news that will chill Arsenal fans to the core, reporting that the Gunners' number one transfer target, Gonzalo Higuain, is one of the players being offered to Spurs as a makeweight in the deal that will take Bale to the Bernabeu.

Arsenal fans have been waiting for Higuain to sign on the dotted line for almost a week, since it was reported that he had agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

There have been rumours that Juventus and Napoli were intent on scuppering the deal, and now there is a new threat. The Times says Higuain and Fabio Coentrao are being used as bait by the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez, who wants to exploit Tottenham's need for a striker and left back, and at the same time avoid paying £85m in cash for the Welsh winger.

Even more worrying for Gunners is that Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is a fan of Higuain and tried to sign him in 2011, while the paper notes that Zinedine Zidane, the new Real coach, is an admirer of Bale so will push for the move.

The Daily Mirror has a different take on events. It agrees that Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to land Bale but suggests that another Argentine, Angel Di Maria, is the one on offer. However, it says he is only one of "several" stars that the Spanish giants are prepared to put on a plane to London if, in return, the 23-year-old Welshman touches down in Madrid.

In other news, the Daily Mail claims that Arsenal have been beaten to the hand of Benjamin Mendy by Sunderland of all clubs. Apparently the Black Cats have agreed a fee with French Ligue 2 club Le Havre for the £5m-rated left-back. Mendy had been scouted by Arsenal last season but the best the Gunners could offer was £2.5m. Sunderland doubled that figure and not surprisingly Le Havre said 'oui'. The 18-year-old France Under-19 defender was first linked to Arsenal two years ago and had also been watched this year by Juventus and Lyon.

Elsewhere and the Evening Standard reports that Chelsea's bid to make Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel their second signing of the summer has hit the Stamford Bridge buffers. The paper says it has it on good authority that the Blues remain some way from reaching an agreement with the Dutch club for the 20-year-old midfielder.

Earlier this week the Europa League champions snared Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen in an £18m deal, but it appears Vitesse have been playing hardball. They have already rejected an £8m offer from Chelsea for Van Ginkel and are determined to hold out for £15m. It's said Manchester United are also interested in Van Ginkel and his agent Karel Jansen is doing his best to keep everyone calm.

"A lot of things are being said and written and it's a bit chaotic," he said. "From our side we are just keeping quiet and we will see what happens."

One person not playing things so cool this summer is Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Already this summer he's snapped up a posse of players, his latest acquisition being Sunderland shotstopper Simon Mignolet. Now, according to Caughtoffside, Rodgers is readying himself to pounce for two more players.

The pair in question are Man City defender Micah Richards and Sunderland frontman Stephane Sessegnon. Richards is seen as the man to fill the gap left by  Jamie Carragher, who retired at the end of last season, while  centre-back Martin Skrtel is believed to be on his way out of Anfield. As a result Caughtoffside claims that Liverpool are willing to offer up to £8m for the 25-year-old Richards, who's found game time hard to come by at the Etihad.

As for Sessegnon, he's reportedly handed a transfer request to the Sunderland board and they are likely to sanction his move provided Liverpool meet their asking price of £8m.

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RVP was right. arsenal have no ambition

Other clubs find it difficult to let go of their players to arsenal I don't know why. Hope we will start treaten them they way they do to us.

Because RM offering half their squad to spuds for the world's most overrated player is indicative of Arsenal's ambition how?

Great time to need a f**kn s**t
We are not allowed to buy a decent player even when we can afford to what the f**K is Wenger to do? Remember Fabregs, Arsenal had no deal to sell him to Braca but the kid insisted he would go no where else not even to Real and we lost a potful of money cos of that.
Why in our case Higuan does not just insist to go to Arsenal. RVP wanted United and not City he got it!. So what the f**k is this s**t using Higuan as bait for Bale. Arsenal did not ask for Cachirito or welbck as part payment for RVP. We did not ask for Busqets or pedro as part payment for fabraegs now I read that when we want a player someone can just come in scew us over just like that!! Too bad Arsene just seems to respect everybody a little too much.
What about here is a player with the cahonis to get what he wants.. he stood up to red nose and did not get farmed away like Beckham. So if Arsenal really really want him and can really really pay and Rooney really really wants Arsenal red nose and Moyes will SELL HIM TO ARSENAl! The problem is he will also stand up to Wenger as well make him buy more quality players. Well I hear Professors up their game when they have an "A" student in their class.
Let me assure you guys, whatever happens with HIguain or Rooney or any other "star" no artificial barrier can prevent STARS or TALENTS from migrating towards great value. Arsenal is great value. It is a huge step up for talented players who are lucky to make the cut and it is a hugely attractive like for like option for any big club player whom we believe can fit into our system.

S lets quit f**kn around and start scrutinzing the offers we are ignoring right now. It is OK to be proactive but that should not give the public the impression that other good players are being offered to us!!
Sorry i write too much an spell wromgly whn im pissed

sorry for caps did'nt mean to shout .. also I cant edit my own post

Whatever the reasons, whoever's fault it is, I'm sick of the way our transfers are handled - both outgoing and incoming - we get walked all over all of the time!