Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gonzalo Higuain Signing Would Make Summer Successful

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid celebrates his team's third goal with Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 3, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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If Arsenal really wants to make a splash this summer, signing Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain would certainly accomplish that.

According to the Evening Standard, it appears that the Gunners are highly interested in the forward and have been told that it will take £ 25.5million to pry the 25-year-old away. The report also states that Juventus has been told the same thing. 

Expectations are high for Arsenal to make the necessary moves to take the next step as a club this summer. Leading up to the summer transfer window, the Mirror reported that Arsene Wenger's war chest would be around £70 million.

Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis also added to the buzz, telling the Mirror that he wants the team to compete at the highest level and realizes that means opening up the pocketbook:

So obviously we have come to the end of the season and in the end we finished with 73 points and in fourth place which I would say was necessary for us. We want to be competing at the top of the game and in order to do that you have to be in the Champions League...

The critical thing now as we look ahead over the next season and the season after is our developing financial capability which will give us a lot more options than in recent years. 

To talk about making big moves and competing is one thing, but it's going to take action to convince Arsenal supporters that they are really serious. Signing a premier talent like Higuain would not only provide the fans with confidence, but transform Arsenal into a much better team going forward. 

Higuain is coming off of a season in which he scored 16 goals with five assists in 28 appearances, and that's with many touches going to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Gunners don't have an offensive dynamo like that and still didn't have anyone score 16 goals last season. 

With Higuain's accomplished resume and good fit into the lineup, he's the perfect signing for Wenger and Arsenal brass to show that they are serious about contending next season. They can't afford to miss out on the opportunity to make a statement like that.