After a few days that felt quite frenzied, Tuesday was relatively calm in the wake of Juve and Napoli meeting to discuss Gonzalo Higuain.
As we reported, Napoli asked Juve if they were going to pay the €94m release clause, Juve said ‘I don’t think so’ and so on the saga rumbled.
It’s been clear for a while now that a lot of the traction behind these Higuain stories have been driven by his agent/brother who is looking to get a new deal for the player with a significantly lower release clause. The rest of the nonsense has just been straight out of the heads of some reporters.
The Arsenal coverage, while strong in the UK, has leaned heavily towards Juve’s interest in Italy and it will be interesting to see if this changes now that they seem to be out of the race. At the minute.
Napoli aren’t going to budge on their release fee and Arsenal aren’t going to pay €94m for a 28-year-old.
The papers and websites in Italy? Still going on about Higuain to Juve.
Arsenal are nothing more than a footnote in this transfer. Not that you would think that from the column inches of coverage.