Man City turn to Madrid’s Higuain after van Persie frustration

Roberto Mancini will move his search for a striker to defend the Premier League title from Arsenal captain Robin van Persie and to Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, the Daily Mirror has reported, after growing frustrated at the stalemate over the Dutchman’s Gunners departure.

Mancini had identified van Persie as his primary target of the summer but so far a deal has not come close to being agreed with Arsenal, leading City bigwig Brian Marwood to support a change in attention to Argentina international Higuain.

The Mirror believes a swoop for Higuain would rank as a coup as large as the signing of van Persie, with the 24-year-old likely to cost in the region of £35m. The transfer would also see Higuain link up with compatriots and national team colleagues Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

Madrid however would not be keen to sell Higuain, with Coach Jose Mourinho publically calling for a new contract to be given to the forward, while City would still need to sell some of the unwanted masses currently burdening their books, including Tottenham Hotspur target Emmanuel Adebayor.

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