[dropcap]N[/dropcap]apoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has hinted that he may be ready to join Barcelona in the summer. According to several reports, Barcelona have already agreed a contract with Higuain. They are set to hold negotiations with Napoli over the next few weeks. Higuain came to Napoli only last summer from Real Madrid for just over £ 35 million. He has been one of the finest strikers in the Italian Serie A this campaign after banging in more than 20 goals.
However, Napoli’s inability to challenge for top honours last campaign is thought to have put Higuain in doubt about his future at the club. This coupled with the interest from Barcelona seems to have swayed his mind, as the striker said after Argentina’s 2-1 win over Bosnia that he may be ready to join the Spanish outfit in the upcoming transfer window. He said:
“Yes, of course [I would like to play alongside Messi at Barcelona]. Obviously it would be an enormous pleasure. I am pleased by the Barca interest — any player would be.
“But I am focused now on the World Cup. There will be another time to talk about my future. I am here now, focused on this dream, trying for us all to be able to achieve our objectives.”
Higuain was a major reason in Argentina getting the win from their first group match at the World Cup 2014. He provided the assist from Lionel Messi, who is thought to have a major say in the club’s transfer policy with regard to signing strikers. Barcelona were heavily linked with Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, who is a great friend of Messi. After having been rebuffed in their attempts to sign the former Atletico Madrid man, the Catalans appear to have turned their attention towards Higuain.
His Real Madrid connections may not be enough to prevent him from moving to the Camp Nou.