Real Madrid may lose their Argentine forward, Gonzalo Higuain as early as this summer. Real Madrid hoped to close an agreement with Gonzalo Higuain over a new contract after announcing a new deal for Higuain’s teammate Marcelo last week, but reportedly failed to do so. Real had been in negotiations with the Higuain’s representatives for some months and hoped to tie him up to a new deal but (Something’s Gotta Give) Higuain has sensationally rejected the new contract offer from the Los Merengues as he believes that the offered contract did not meet the striker’s demands at all.
Juventus are keeping a close eye on the situation and preparing a major cash offer for Real Madrid frontman. Juve officials are convinced that it is the right time to move to Higuain as he demands a pay-rise from Real. Various Newspapers and Media sources suggest Juve are willing to offer £30 million for the Argentina international, who remains among the lowest paid of the club’s senior players.
What money cannot buy?
Money can’t buy success. I really believe so. Los Blancos president Florentino Perez spent heavily last summer and thought that the summer arrivals can win them everything. But that idea certainly did not pay off as many bought players failed to come up to the expectations. Other than Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Raul Albiol and Karim Benzema, all struggled to make a mark so far. High price tags on their heads is also one of the reasons why the players have been underperforming and failed to impress this season. Karim Benzema in particular has found it hard to get in to the first team regularly. It seems that Manuel Pelligrini has finally realized that in order to compete at high levels and to match Barcelona’s success, he cannot just rely on big names only and must look for alternates in the form of Esteban Granero who is a quality youth product and showed a lot of promise.
Summer arrival, Karim Benzema, was initially given preferance over Gonzalo Higuain who was a decent and a settled centre forward at Real Madrid before summer. But Benzema failed to hold on to his first team spot after a series of poor performances. That was certainly unjust on part of Gonzalo Higuain and I really feel for him. Yet, Higuain performed whenever he got a chance and proved that he is a quality forward and has got all what it takes to be in the Real Madrid’s first team. The striker is Real’s top scorer, but remains the lowest paid of the club’s senior players on €1.5 million-a-year. Higuain, through his representatives, rejected Real’s first offer about a month ago. The striker is contracted to 2012 and Los Blancos want to extend that to 2015. Having seen off the competition of summer arrival Karim Benzema, Higuain now expects a pay-hike to match the Frenchman’s salary.