Gonzalo Higuain will leave Real Madrid this summer, the club’s general manager Jose Angel Sanchez has confirmed in L’Equipe.
Higuain, 25, has competed with Karim Benzema for the lone striker’s role at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with relative success. The Argentina international has scored 14 goals this season but played second fiddle to Benzema on most occasions.
The article also reports that Higuain’s exit will lead to Benzema continuing with Real.
"In a great club like Real, we believe we need two number nines of a high level," Sanchez said.
"We have Benzema and Higuain. Higuain will leave, Benzema will stay and two others will come."
Sanchez’s claim that Higuain will exit has led to fresh speculation that Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez could be targeted by the Spanish side, while Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale are also reportedly under consideration.
Higuain joined Real from River Plate in 2007 and has previously been linked with moves to Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.