Newcastle United’s soon-to-be owners have been linked with numerous high-profile players since reports emerged that the club were close to a takeover and Gonzalo Higuain is the latest – a player Mauricio Pochettino admires.
Higuain, 32, has plummeted down the pecking order at Juventus – managing only eight goals in 34 appearances this season, completing 90 minutes in just 11 of those games. He is due to enter the final 12 months of his current contract.
Italian outlet TuttoJuve have claimed that Newcastle are keen on 75-time Argentina international Higuain this summer, but only on loan and Juventus are willing to sanction such deal if the Toon pay the majority of his £130,000-a-week wages.
Higuain is the fourth Juventus player to be suggested as an option for Newcastle, after previous reports claim Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Douglas Costa are all being considered by The Toon. But Higuain is likely to be high on any shortlist.
That is because Newcastle need a striker. Mauricio Pochettino, who is a strong candidate for the Newcastle job, is clearly a fan of his fellow countryman – once comparing him to both England captain Harry Kane and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.
“I think he is one of the greatest strikers in the world, with Harry Kane,” Pochettino told Goal. “We know his talent very well and sometimes it is not easy to stop him. Like Paulo Dybala or Lionel Messi, this type of player.”
TBR’s view – Higuain would be the perfect summer signing
If the new owners want to show their newly-inherited fanbase that they mean business, bringing in a big-name striker would do just the trick – as did Manchester City’s cash-rich owners in the form of signing Robinho from Real Madrid.
Newcastle need a talismanic striker. Andy Carroll is out of contract, Joelinton has failed and both Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto are also likely to leave. Higuain is the perfect striker, even if would cost a huge amount.