“After three days they bought Ozil”

Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that Arsenal rejected signing him in 2013 by stating that he was expensive. He stated that the Gunners then signed Mesut Ozil a few days later for more money than him.

Higuain and Ozil played together for Real Madrid and won one La Liga title together. In 2013, Higuain ended up signing for Napoli for €39 million. In a recent interview with TyC Sports, he revealed how multiple clubs were interested in signing him, including Arsenal.

The Gunners told him they didn’t have the money. However, they signed Ozil for €47 million a few days after the Argentine joined Napoli.

Higuain explained (via Infobae):

“Bayern Munich came looking for me together with Real Madrid, Ancelotti wanted me at Chelsea when I was at Real Madrid. PSG came looking for me when Leonardo (the club’s sports director) and Arsenal just arrived, before going to Napoli.”

He added:

“They told me that they didn’t have much money, that I was very expensive and when I signed with Napoli I see after three days they bought Ozil for ($)80 million…”

Higuain went on to be highly successful at Napoli, scoring 91 goals and providing 26 assists in 146 matches for the Italian side in three seasons. He also won the Copa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana with the Gli Azzurri.

That summer of 2013 was unreal here on twitter. Still remember Higuain was close to Arsenal for over 40 days, every day we had several reports. If he walked he would’ve reached London lol

While not at the Emirates, Higuain did eventually get some Premier League experience as well. He spent six months on loan at Chelsea from Juventus in the 2018-19 season. He scored five goals in 18 matches for the Blues.

Arsenal ‘closing in on’ signing Gabriel Jesus

As per Football London, the Gunners are ‘closing in on’ Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian could be the third signing for the north London club this summer and the fourth new addition to the squad.

They signed Marquinhos from Sao Paulo and Fabio Vieira from Porto this summer. They also signed Matt Turner from New England Revolution in January, who’ll join them this summer.

Arsenal are also interested in Leeds United winger Raphinha and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.

The north London club spent around £140 million last summer but could only finish fifth in the Premier League table. It looks like they are set for another busy summer to take their squad to another level.

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