Transfer head-to-head: Arsenal targets Morata and Higuain compared

first_img Price – Both players will cost Arsenal a large chunk of their transfer budget for the summer, with proven goal scorers coming at a very high premium. Morata re-joined Real Madrid after Euro 2016 for £25.6m as part of a buy-back deal set when the Spaniard first moved to Juventus. However, Madrid are looking to cash in immediately and have made him available for between £57m-£64m. Higuain is being priced at around £75m by Napoli after the club’s president said he hoped the player wouldn’t betray the team by leaving. However, it is reported that Napoli would accept a fee in the region of £47m if Olivier Giroud moved in the opposite direction. 6 Likelihood of transfer – Napoli are adamant they do not want to sell Higuain and this stubbornness to do business will only drive the Argentine’s price up. Higuain has also just enjoyed the season of his life and there is no guarantee he would want to leave Italy and join Arsenal. However, Morata is up for sale and the Premier League looks set to be his destination. Madrid are keen to sell which works in Arsenal’s favour, as does the fact they will guarantee him first-team football, something Chelsea cannot as long as Diego Costa is there. 6 Goals – click the arrow, right, to see how else Morata and Higuain compare… – Morata only managed seven Serie A goals in 34 games last season for Juventus but did score the winner in the Coppa Italia final to help the club complete the double. His goal scoring record has never been great for the Old Lady as he only managed eight goals the season before. Higuain on the other hand scored 36 goals to break a 66-year Serie A goal scoring record, while no one else managed more than 20 goals. Since moving to Napoli in 2013, Higuain has 71 goals in 104 league appearances. Age and experience – At only 23, Morata is at the start of his career, having only made his first-team debut in 2010 and made 100 league appearances since. He has played in two Champions League finals and scored in one but he is not yet the finished article and would likely improve over time. At 28, Higuain is older than his former Real Madrid team-mate and very much in his prime. He has played in World Cup and Copa America finals and has a great deal more experience. Furthermore, he is rumoured to be following Lionel Messi into international retirement, which would improve his club football hugely, considering the travel involved in playing in South America. 6 6 Style of play – Morata scored three goals in Euro 2016 while playing in Spain’s possession-focused formation, similar to the style employed by Arsenal. He would therefore likely take less time to adapt to Wenger’s tactics and settle into the Premier League. Higuain is more of a forward that plays on the last man and uses his strength well, which would be an asset given the physicality of the Premier League. So, which player should Arsenal sign? – Arsenal have been linked with Higuain for a number of transfer windows and there must be something preventing Wenger for formally bidding for him. However, he is in his prime and would offer instant success rather than be another signing for the future, which Wenger has a tendency to lean towards. The Gunners must weigh up whether they are prioritising short-term success or building a team. If it is the former then Higuain is your man, if not, it’s Morata. 6 Arsenal have already made one big name signing this summer by bringing in Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34m, but they are keen to make more.Arsenal have missed a 20-goal-a-season man since Robin van Persie left the Emirates in 2013 and that is an area they are looking to strengthen this transfer window.The two main candidates to fill that void are Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.Morata has just rejoined Real Madrid after they activated their buy-back clause in his Juventus contract, but he is available for transfer, while Higuain is fresh from completing the best goalscoring season of his career with 36 goals in 35 league games.But who should Arsenal and Arsene Wenger sign? talkSPORT puts the two star strikers head-to-head.Click the arrow above, right, to see how the pair compare!  6last_img read more